What inspired us
In 1926 Poland sent the U.S. a birthday card with 5.5 million signatures!
It began: "We, the people of Poland, send to you, citizens of the great American union, fraternal greetings [and] . . . our deepest admiration . . . for the institutions which have been created by you."
The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States is a collection of 111 manuscript volumes compiled in Poland in 1926 to honor the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The gift was presented to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House. Beautifully illustrated with original works by prominent Polish artists, this unique birthday card was signed by an estimated 5,500,000 Polish citizens, including the general and statesman Józef Piłsudski, the poet Czeslaw Milosz, resistance fighter and Righteous Among the Nations Irena Sendler, the dramatist Tadeusz Kantor, the actresses Danuta Szaflarska and Irena Kwiatkowska, and the author Bruno Schulz. The good wishes added up to 30,000 pages.
The 111 volumes of the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States (1926) are available to explore online at the Library of Congress.