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Photo Album Documenting the Fifth-Ever General Meet of the American Canoe Association
Croton Point, New York, 1894. 13½" x 10¼". Full original black morocco, rivet bound, spine rebacked to style and rivets renewed. 23 leaves interleaved with tissue, each with a 6½" x 8½" albumen photograph adhesive mounted recto only; four additional leaves with news clippings inserted into mylar sleeves. Photos generally near fine or better. Album is fine: some restoration to board edges, endpapers renewed; four new leaves inserted at front for news clippings. Leaves very good with toning, and occasional, chipping at edges. The American Canoe Association was founded in 1880 by 15 avid canoeists. Today, the organization boasts over 30,000 members and this photo album documents its fifth-ever general meet (and its 14th overall) held along the Hudson River. Canoeists made camp at Croton Point on its northwestern side facing Haverstraw Bay, from July 13 to July 28, 1894. A number of newspapers reported on the event with headlines such as "Preparations made . . . in a blaze of sun and glory-Dainty crafts that will speed over the rippling courses on the Hudson." Participants competed in 20 events, and, as this album and contemporary news accounts show, had a hell of a good time. In previous meets, those who didn't want to cook for themselves could join a mess, but this year, according to one report, "each club hired a colored cook, who mixed the ingredients of indigestion"--one of these cooks can be seen in a group shot blowing a horn. Another great camp shot shows a group of men around a pile of bottles (which we assume used to contain alcohol) all hamming for the camera: one i … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Langdon Manor Books LLC [United States]
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