Schenectady: Gazette Press, 1919. 8vo. 105 pages. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white, including full-page. Blue gilt-lettered cloth. A near-fine copy with light wear at ends of spine and one bump to fore-edge of front board. Item #404734
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Fannia M. Cohn, one of the leading Jewish women trade union activists in the United States: "To Miss Fannia M. Cohn with compliments of C M Ripley Brookward College 7/21/20." Cohn was instrumental in the founding of Brookwood Labor College, the first residential workers' college in the United States. "She was a founder and board member of the Manumit School, a school for workers’ children in Pauling, New York. She also served on the board of the Workers’ Education Bureau, an umbrella organization promoting activities in the area of workers’ education. In the 1920s, she attended major international conferences on workers’ education in Brussels and Oxford. She developed an international network of contacts and became widely known for her pioneering work in the field" (Jewish Women's Archive).
The author, Charles M. Ripley, worked at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, and his book was written in "appreciation of some some of the sights and sounds of the shop and of the men... dictated while still under the spell of the spectacular and awe-inspiring scenes witnessed on various trips thru our great factory employing nearly twenty-five thousand men" (Preface).