Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France
Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France

Memory book kept by a World War One veteran documenting “The Second A. E. F. 1927,” the American Legion’s ninth annual convention held in Paris, France

United States, at sea, France, England, and Scotland: 1927. Album. This official scrapbook album, titled “Travel-Log of the Second A. E. F.: My Trip to France, 1927,” measures 11” x 7” and contains 160 pages filled with about 250 captioned b/w photographs (most approximately 4.5” x 3.75”), a like number of ephemeral pieces, and a detailed 14-page manuscript travel diary. Almost all of the contents are in very nice shape, and there is only light wear to the album cover. A few of the pages are disbound, and several more are tenuously attached. Very good. Item #009040

In 1927, the tenth anniversary of the U. S. entry into World War One, the American Legion held its ninth annual convention in Paris, and over 30,000 veterans (including General Pershing), family members, and guests attended. The events kicked off on 19 September and for the next four days attendees participated in a continuous round of dinners, tours, events, and a parade.

Watson, a Scottish immigrant, was living in Brooklyn when he was drafted in 1917. He was assigned to the 307th Infantry Regiment in the 77th Division, which was composed almost entirely of New York draftees. It was the first of the draftee divisions to see action in France, where Watson was injured in a German gas attack. Following the war, Watson settled in California.

Watson and his wife left Los Angeles by train for New York on 1 August where they boarded the S.S. Republic along with a host of other conventioneers. They arrived in Paris on the 18th and spent the next month visiting family and friends in France. On 18 September they visited the Headquarters of the American Legion in Paris and the following day marched in the convention’s ten-mile parade along with 20,000 others. Following the convention, the couple visited battlefields and laid a memorial at the grave of a soldier who had served with Watson.

They spent the rest of the month sightseeing in Paris and the Ile-de-France, after which they toured London before traveling to Watson’s family home in Glasgow where they visited with relatives until the end of the month, when they departed for home, again on the S.S. Republic, eventually arriving in Los Angeles on 20 November.

The photos include images of the Watsons’ travel by train and ship, group photos with convention attendees, family and friends in Scotland and France, sightseeing in France and London, and the battlefields. The ephemera includes travel programs, train and ship tickets, menus, convention information, battlefield visit information, newspaper clippings, business and calling cards, hotel and business documents and advertising, nightclub and theater programs and tickets, assorted brochures and pamphlets, baggage and travel stickers, candy wrappers, an embroidered steamship ribbon, and much more.

A wonderful collection of narrative, photographs, and ephemera attesting to a veteran’s reliving of what was, no doubt, the most memorable experience of his life.

Price: $450.00

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