The William N. Palmer photograph album contains 78 photographs of William Niles Palmer and friends taken in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1915 to 1916.
The William N. Palmer photograph album contains 78 photographs of William Niles Palmer and friends taken in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1915 to 1916. The album (16.5 x 11.5 cm) dates to about one year prior to Palmer’s enlistment in the U.S. Army during World War I. During this period Palmer went by Niles W. Palmer; "Niles W. Palmer/Company F 14th Regiment U.S. Railway Engineers/American Expeditionary Forces" is stamped on the front of the red album cover.
The album begins with images taken in Providence, Rhode Island. A group of young people, including Palmer, are documented travelling by train to or from East Douglas, Massachusetts. Members of the group are shown cutting trees, canoeing, shooting, camping, and picnicking among other recreational activities. Four images show the site of a freight train wreck in East Douglas, Massachusetts. Also of note is a humorous double-exposed photograph of Palmer appearing to be inside of a glass bottle. The album concludes with photographs taken in Rumford, Rhode Island. Each photograph in the album includes a typewritten caption indicating individuals, location, and content. Other specific locations that are represented include Arcade Woods, Bad Luck Pond, and Buttonwoods Beach. The most frequently named individuals include Alan W. Watson, Norman S. Watson, William J. Story, Ruth P. Smith, Selma C. Sandbeck, and Edith V. Sandbeck. The captions frequently refer to the group as, "ADOTs." The meaning behind this acronymic reference has not been identified.