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Help the Belgians

500,000 Belgians driven out of their Country are needing food and clothing. For their benefit there will be a


at Academy Hall, OLD DEERFIELD

at seven o’clock


Bring what you can, if it is only a few potatoes, onions, apples or beans. Warm clothing will also be received, and toys for the children.
Money also is wanted.

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In August, 1914, Germany invaded Belgium in the opening moves of World War I. Belgium had been neutral, but its flat fields lay between Germany and its enemy, France. Belgium was almost entirely occupied save a small area in its northwest corner. From the first, Germany's occupation was portrayed by British propaganda as unusually brutal, and great sympathy was raised for the Belgians. Americans responded generously. In Deerfield, Massachusetts, two local ministers organized a benefit that collected $50, 7 cases of clothing, a barrel of apples, and 10 bags of potatoes and onions. Three years later, the United States was drawn into the fighting.


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"Farmers Help the Belgians"

creator   Unidentified
date   1914
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   11.0"
height   14.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Public Announcements/Broadside
accession #   #L01.110

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