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Camp Red Wing for Girls, A Camp Yearbook. Camp Red Wing for Girls.Adirondacks on Schroon, NY.1943
 Camp Red Wing for Girls, A Camp Yearbook. Camp Red Wing for Girls.Adirondacks on Schroon, NY.1943


 
Price: $175.00

Product Code: 29001961

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This booklet acts as a yearbook for the 1943 summer session. As this took place during WWII the summer yearbook starts off with "for all those who have sat upon the big rock and watched the evening descent upon Schroon Lake... we have been very fortunate, we Red Wingites, for even in a world at war we have known true friendship and untroubled hours. Yet we have not forgotten ... A flag raising each morning, in plays we saw on Saturday nights, in the songs we sang in the in the dining hall -- in every small part of Red Wing life ---  we remember the ideals for which our nation now fights. Let there be no mistakes about his -- in Red Wing we do not forget the world. But rather, in living as we do, we known and hold the more intimate aspects of democratic living." It is fitting then that the rock mentioned in the beginning of the excerpt is the same rock that two years later in 1945, camp owner Gordon Mason would stand upon and announce V-J Day (Victory Over Japan Day) to the campers. After this forward, the yearbook continues on to document the summer, filled with all the various events and activities the girls participated in. For example, the daily raising bell, flag raising, clean up and assembly, to activities such as drama, swimming, boating, basketball, tennis, volleyball, baseball, archery, tennis, arts and crafts, chorus, dance, and horseback riding. Each activity generally has at least one, if not several, corresponding black and white printed photographs of the campers, as well as a short, mostly humorous, descriptions or anecdotes. For example under swimming, it has " 'Who didn't check in?' the age-old question... and don't think you'll get into that water before it's answered. The battle-cry of one Irma Davis ... Well, who didn't check in?" Sometimes written in the descriptions are mentions of a camp rivalry between the Winnies and the Tuskies, the two groups campers were separated into to engage in various friendly competitions throughout the summer. The yearbook also includes 'class portraits' of each age group of campers, a few staff portraits and a list of winners from the Red Wing Horse Show, various awards for each sport and activity, as well as general awards for each cabin and best Winnie or Tuskie. The last few pages feature advertisements, a few of which are for local hotels and restaurants for when the parents pick up/ drop off, but the majority appear to have been advertisements made for donations of businesses run by campers' parents in order to finance the printing of the summer yearbook. There are a little over fifty (50) black and white images from photographs of the camp grounds and campers themselves. The front cover of the yearbook is mostly a simple pattern that it reminiscent of wood grain, with the name of the camp, the year, and a small line drawing of a stereotypical Native American young woman in braids with a simple headdress of a single red feather. Comes with original mailing envelope, there is no address on the envelope though, so this might have been an extra summer yearbook that went unused.  40 pgs with illustrated covers. Staple binding. Measures 11" x 8 1/2".. Camp Red Wing was founded in 1918 by Sarah and Gordon Mason. It was an all girls camp, ages 6 to 17, located on the shores of Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks in New York. While girls of all religions came from all over the country to enjoy their summer at Camp Red Wing, the majority of the campers were mostly made up of Jewish girls from wealthy families living in New York City. Camp Red Wing was run by Sarah and Gordon from its founding in 1918 until the 1950s, when after their death it passed to the daughters Ruth Resiner and Doris Henig. In 1957 the camp was sold to Mel and Lois Silver, and in 1963 Adele and J.J. Janovsky came on as partners. By 1974 the camp was being run solely by the Janovskys until it closed its doors after one last summer in 1980. At that point the land was parceled up and sold as residential lots for summer homes. Most of the camp's buildings were either demolished or sold off (the sleeping cabins for example were often moved off the land to other locations), with the exception of the Red Wing Camp's social hall which the Janovskys renovated into their summer home. This camp should not be confused with the Boy Scout camp under the same name in Indiana.