Poland once sent the U.S. a birthday card. With 5 million signatures.

Poland once sent the U.S. a birthday card. With 5 million signatures.

On Oct. 14, 1926, a distinguished citizen of Poland named Leopold Kotnowski came to the White House with a greeting card for the United States’ 150th birthday. It was a little late — the Sesquicentennial’s Fourth of July was months in the past — but it had taken a while to gather the signatures: 5.5 million of them. Plus, there was the elegant, gilded artwork, the photographs, the poems, the pressed flowers, the salutes from the cycling clubs, skating clubs, banks, schoolchildren, medical and rowing societies, lute singers, journalists and the army.

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