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In 1917 the United States declared war on Germany and sent troops to join the Allied armies. This greeting from King George V of Great Britain acknowledges and thanks the American soldiers for joining in the "great battle for human freedom." Edward Roswell Wirt (1891-1942) attached a handwritten message to the official greeting, which he then mailed to his fiancee in America, Emily Gladys Bartlett, telling her that he had arrived safely in England, April 1918.


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WWI Message to Edward Roswell Wirt

creator   King George the 5th of England (1865-1936)
date   1918
location   England
height   7.5"
width   5.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Public Announcements/Handbill
accession #   #L01.022

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