New Milford, New Jersey: 1914.
Softcover. Quarto. Measuring 9" x 12”. 94pp. Approximately 6000 words written in English with French translations. Handmade brown paper travel journal with “The Log of the Bungaloafers” written on the front wrapper. Some of the pages are detached but present with tiny tears and creasing on the edges, very good with clear intact handwriting.
A handmade paper journal detailing the daily events of a group of women traveling together in 1914. The journal is titled, “The Log of the Bungaloafers,” a tongue-in-cheek name given to the group of women. The women on the trip are listed as “Dramatic Personae,” for the characters they play and are mentioned only by their nicknames throughout the album including Boss, Orphan, Fashion Plate, Always Present in Meals, Perpetual Motions, Household Darling, Queen of Movies, Professor of French, Watchman, and Grumpy. Included with the nicknames are small caricatures of each person. The women are traveling from New York City to New Milford, New Jersey to spend time together around the town and exploring forest trails and lakes in the area. Each day has a description, sometimes translated into French, of what is happening, explaining the weather of the day, and a line or so for each person on how they’re feeling or what they are doing: “Robbed the library of a few of its worst choice books.” Also included is a handwritten and signed letter from 1895 written by Jane Cunningham Croly, a journalist, women’s rights activist, and founder of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in New York City. The letter is in reference to a woman’s interest in being a candidate for membership within the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs and Societies.
An interesting log of travel and activities from a women’s group traveling to New Jersey in 1914.