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The Director's Photograph Album for Ward Manor, the Old Folks Home and Youth Camp of New York City's Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1930. Photograph Album. Very Good. Photography likely by Alfred Tennyson Beales. This large photograph album (13" x 15") contains 40 pages with over 80 photographs ranging in size from approximately 3" x 5" to 8" x 10". Almost all of the photographs have typed captions, many long and detailed. A large map and a two-page essay are mounted on three of the pages. Some of the pages have a little light edge-wear, but the photographs are in nice shape; several pages have vacant spaces where a few photographs have been removed. The album shows some wear and the joint of the front cover has been repaired with black cloth tape. The album cover has been stamped in gilt, "Ward Manor / On the Hudson / Ollie A. Randall." Ward Manor was the Old Folk's Home and Youth Camp for the New York City's Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP). In 1926, William Boyd, the owner of a baking company, purchased a large grey stone building and the surrounding land near Annandale-on-Hudson and donated it to the ACIP, which in turn used it create "a welcoming place for poor people to spend the last years of their lives." Eventually the ACIP bought surrounding properties and not only expanded the number of elderly rooms, but also created a summer vacation resort for semi-employed adults and a summer camp for impoverished children. Ollie A. Randall was the director of Ward Manor from 1926 until 1945, and this is her personal photograph album. Images include photos of the buildings, the grounds, the residents engaged in activities (gardening, hiking, knitting, rug making, etc.), common and personal rooms, resort activities (tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoe pitching, croquet), and camp scenes (campers, lodging, swiming, interacting with animals, ping-pong, arts and crafts, outdoor games, plays and performances, hayride, farming, a children's circus, etc. Ward Manor was transferred to Bard College in 1963 and today, the grey stone building serves as a domitory and student center. This is a unique photographic record of an important innovative and pioneering urban social program.
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