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1917-18 Photo Album Cover, University of Maine Farmington

Contributed by Mantor Library at UMF

In 1917, America went to war, and an unknown female student arrived at the Farmington Normal School. This lively girl chronicled a year in the life of a college student in the pages of a handmade photo album, capturing memories of "jolly times" shared with friends.

A postcard of "Purington Hall - New Dormitory, Farmington Normal School" is pasted to the cover of the album. Purington Hall was the first dormitory built specifically to house the school's growing student population. It opened in the fall of 1914.

The creator of the album writes: "A place that is always dear to an F.S.N.S. girl. Here's where Ma Allen made us keep "The Golden Rule" and we loved her just the same".

Mrs. L. Estelle "Ma" Allen was a longtime dormitory Matron at the Normal School, first at Purington Hall and then South Hall when it opened in 1924.

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  • Title: 1917-18 Photo Album Cover, University of Maine Farmington
  • Creation Date: circa 1917
  • Subject Date: circa 1917
  • Local Name: Farmington State Normal School
  • Town: Farmington
  • County: Franklin
  • State: ME
  • Media: black and white photos on black paper; postcard
  • Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 28
  • Object Type: Text and Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Mantor Library at UMF
University of Maine at Farmington, 116 South Street, Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-7219

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