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    "Camp Co-operation" photo album presented to Thomas Edison

    "Camp Co-operation" Photograph Album Presented to Thomas Edison. More than 170 black and white photographs of the men who attended the event in November 1913, mounted four to a page in a custom made scrap book (15" x 11"), with gilt letters reading: "Camp Co-operation / Association Island - 1913 / 'Do it Electrically'". Thomas Edison's name is imprinted in gilt at lower left. The majority of the photographs measure 4.5" x 3.75"; with one large group shot of all the participants measuring 9.5" x 7.5".

    "Camp Co-operation" was a gathering organized in 1913 by the Society for Electrical Development. The group included presidents of electrical associations, financiers, engineers, members of state utility commissions and publicists. Edison, who was originally scheduled as a presenter, was not able to attend but sent a letter to all of the presenters.

    Although the gathering was for the purpose of presenting papers on the use and development of electricity, the relaxed camp setting was designed to encourage harmony and cooperation. The photographs are all candid shots of the men engaged in recreational activities, or simply sitting and talking. Speakers included: J.B. McCall, Frank Vanderlip, John H. Roemer, Samuel Insull, S.O. Richardson, Anson W. Burchard, Willard Howland, Elbert Hubbard, Charles Steinmetz, F.P. Fish, Henry Doherty, J. Robert Crouse, J.M. Wakeman, W.E. Robertson, Thomas Darlington, Frank W. Smith, Norman Macbeth, D.L. Gaskill, E, McCleary, and F.E. Watts.

    The Society published a record of its proceeding the following year, which was printed by Elbert Hubbard's Roycroft Shop in small number. The images offered hear may be the only photographic record of the gathering. That it was presented to Edison only elevates its importance.

    Condition: Images are in excellent condition, with some chipping to a few individual pages. Leather covered boards have heavy wear, with the leather of the top board is torn along the right edge. Slight buckling to pages. Back board lacks leather.


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