"Vacation do not appeal to them . . ." EXTENDING YACATIONS to the WORKING CLASS
In 1892 Philip G. Hubert Jr., writing for Century Magazine, proposed an elaborate, if entirely impractical, scheme for extending vacations to members of the working class. He suggested that poor tenement dwellers "give up their few rooms, store their goods at small expense" and thereby "save enough on the rent to pay for their food during the weeks away." Families could move to the south shore of Long Island or into New Jersey where they could pitch tents and live more healthfully and just as cheaply. Hubert estimated that even the "typical family of slop-shop clothing-makers," including two working parents and four children, could camp out for ten weeks "at an average weekly expense of not more than $5." He did admit some disadvantages to his proposal: "There would be rainy days and the various unpleasant features and hardships of camping out. There would be no corner liquor-store for the man, nor corner gossip for the women. The daily toil might be even a trifle harder, owing to lack of conveniences. Meat would be difficult to get and to keep." Still, the advantages, he felt, would far outweigh such minor liabilities.
In fact, Felix Adler's Society for Ethical Culture tried a similar experiment some years earlier. Adler "subscribed enough money to build a dozen