New York: 1911-18. Hardcover. The album of a young woman who attended the YWCA camp in Altamont NY for six years, starting as a 12 year old. The album begins with a silver bromide portrait of herself at Altamont Camp with the words "The following being a chronicle of the deeds of the foregoing". Many wonderful portraits of Laura's friends, mostly women, and their school and costumes and camp. Locations also include Lake George, Philadelphia and Barnard College. There are vacation shots in Fall River Massachusetts in 1917, including the King Philip settlement house. An early image dated 1911 is at the back of the album.
The Young Women's Summer Camp purchased the Edward Cassidy estate in 1907 and held summer camps there until 1924. The estate included Cassidy Castle, built in 1899 of stone from Oriskany, NY, and 30 acres in the Helderberg Mountains in New York (1) (2). Sources: (1) Alice Begley and Mary Ellen Johnson, Guilderland, Arcadia Publishing, 1999 (2) Altamont Enterprise, April 22, 2004
Laura was possibly the daughter of George & Myrtle (Jacobs) Jeffery. George died at about age 50 and was buried in Carthage NY. Laura and her mother lived until 1964. The three were buried together in Carthage. Inside the front cover Laura, has her address as 234 West 136th St New York. Later census data shows she and her mother living in upstate New York.
Album 5 1/2 x 8", approximately 200 small photos tipped in, both silver bromide and albumen prints. Black pebbled leather covers, page block firm but loose in covers. Condition of the photos is very good. Otherwise very good condition. Item #27403