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EMBPBD_190906_01.JPG: The Longest Birthday Card in the History of the World
The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States is a collection of 111 volumes containing signatures of approximately five and a half million Polish citizens. In 1926, thanks to the unprecedented effort and enthusiasm of newly free Poles, one-sixth of the entire population of the Second Polish Republic signed the Declarations over the course of just eight months. The signatures came from all nooks and crannies of the newly reborn country. Its thirty thousand pages, many of them magnificently illustrated, were eventually bound into 111 volumes; the books were presented to President Calvin Coolidge on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence as a gift of thanks for the United States' key role helping Poland regain independence in 1918.
The Declarations are both an emblem of goodwill between two nations and a snapshot of life in 1926 Poland. On its pages one can find the most important people in Poland: President Ignacy Moscicki, Marshal Josef Pilsudski, members of parliament and other government officials, members of the military, prominent businessmen and academics. However, the vast majority of signatures came from over five million students and their teachers. Since class pictures often accompany the names, these pages offer unique insight into the linguistically and culturally diverse life of the Second Polish Republic -- from rural areas in the East to the vibrant city life of its capital, Warsaw. Since then, borders have shifted, particularly in the aftermath of the Second World War, and many of the towns and villages that feature in the Declarations are no longer part of Poland.
Even when unaccompanied by photographs, the signatures themselves are powerful -- they often serve as the only mementos of people who perished during World War II, which broke out just thirteen years later and took over six million lives of Polish citizens. On the centennial of diplomatic relations between Poland and the US, take a look at a particular, joyous moment in time and join us in celebration our friendship today. Sto lat! [One hundred years!]
EMBPBD_190906_08.JPG: Signatures from students from a school in Wielki Klinez
EMBPBD_190906_14.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Kowel
EMBPBD_190906_16.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Jankowy
EMBPBD_190906_19.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Sadzia
EMBPBD_190906_22.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Przemysl
EMBPBD_190906_24.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Nowawies Ksiazeca
EMBPBD_190906_31.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Augustynow
EMBPBD_190906_33.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Wawolnica
EMBPBD_190906_36.JPG: Class of 1926
The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States, signed and gifted by Poles to the people of the United States on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, continues to surprise and inspire us today thanks to the joint effort of Polish and US institutions. The entire collection of 111 volumes, containing over five million signatures, is now housed at the Library of Congress. Thirteen of the 111 volumes were digitized in the early 2000s. The Polish Library in Washington led the "Class of 1926" project to digitize the remaining ninety-eight volumes. Under the patronage of the Embassy of Poland and the United States Congressional Polish Caucus, as well as with the unfailing support of the Library of Congress, the Declarations in their entirety were made accessible online on July 4th, 2017. Funding for the project came from a grant given by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and generous contributions from private donors.
Find Your Ancestors
These documents may serve as an important resource for historical research and an invaluable source of information for members of the Polish-American community who want to find their Polish ancestors. If you want to browse the signatures of famous Poles or search for your Polish ancestors who were school age in 1926, you can view the Declarations online:
keyword: Polish Declarations
On the "About the Collection" page, type the name of the city or town where the school was located in the search bar. Your search will return scans of pages signed by students in the area. Then it's your task to patiently decode signatures and hopefully find who you're looking for!
EMBPBD_190906_41.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Plonsk
EMBPBD_190906_46.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Chwarzenko
EMBPBD_190906_49.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Ostrow
EMBPBD_190906_53.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Wawolnica
EMBPBD_190906_58.JPG: Signatures of students from a school in Krolewska Huta
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Wikipedia Description: Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.
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The Embassy of Poland in Washington is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Poland to the United States of America. The chancery is located at 2640 16th Street NW, Washington, DC.
Main Chancery Building:
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC was designed by the architect George Oakley Totten and was originally intended to be the city home of the US Senator John B Henderson. Completed early in 1910, the building was finished in a style reminiscent of seventeenth and eighteenth century French mansionettes, however, it also incorporates major elements of English styling, such as the use of double-hung windows, limestone balcones and the addition of an elaborate iron and glass marquee over the front.
The building was purchased on behalf of the government of the newly independent Polish nation in 1919 by the country's first ambassador to the United States, Prince Kazimierz Lubomirski. Since then, very few changes have been made and the building thus retains many of its outstanding period features. In 1978 a team of specialists was brought from Poland to repair and renovate the ornate plaster and woodwork of the embassy's state rooms, returning the interior to its former grandeur and restoring its artistic integrity.
In the embassy's main 'salon' stands a large Steinway piano which is still frequently used to entertain guests at many of the embassy's events throughout the year. The instrument not only evokes memories of music played on it by outstanding musicians over the years, but, as a gift to the Embassy during World War II from Ignacy Jan Paderewski, is also in itself a symbol of Polish patriotism. Paderewski played it during his last American tour, when he unfortunately fell ill and had to cancel his concerts. He died soon after in 1941 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with the request that his body be returned to Poland 'only when his coun ...More...
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts (Boston, Stockbridge, and Springfield) to experience rain in another state,
Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
three trips to New York City (including the United Nations, Flushing, and the New York Comic-Con), and
my 14th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah).
That's it so far!
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.