Photo AlbumGIRLS CAMP ALBUM. This album has over 130 Gelatin silver print photos, black and white, most of the girls’ Camp Moodna in Mountainville, NY. Some of the boys’ counterpart at Felicia. Many identified in white ink on the pages. Photos include: Rose Gruening; campers at Mountainville Supply House; girls masquerade; Camp Moodna 1916, a picnic at Tip Top; road to mineral springs; humorous camping scenes; Mrs. Conrad, the Cook; converted trolley cars; theater productions; children on Black Rock; cooking; camp-leaving; children marching with blankets and gear. Original black faux leather album, 7-1/4" x 10-1/4" with some edge wear; a few leaves detached but very good condition, average photo 3" x 4 ¾”. Excellent photo-documentation of Gruening’s pioneer effort to create a fresh air country experience for tenement children in the early 20th century.
Moodna began as a girls’ camp housed in out-of-service NYC horse trolley street cars, organized through the determined effort of the “Angel of Grand Street,” Rose Gruening (1876 – 1934) “…founder of the Grand Street Settlement in NYC…Like Jane Addams, Lillian Wald, and other women settlement workers of the early 20th century, Gruening helped to create a social “safety net” through voluntary civic activism, …thousands of immigrant families from the Lower East Side of New York experienced Gruening’s settlement house activism…” Clune, "Rose Gruening." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyc.