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.
The greeting card had 5.5 million signatures.
The good wishes came on 30,000 pages, in 111 bound volumes compiled by the people of Poland, newly independent following World War I, who wanted to express their affection for the United States.
The Library of Congress, which has had the volumes since 1926, announced that all the books have now been digitized and are available online.
The Poles thanked the United States for the good example it set, for its role in World War I, and for saving Poland’s children from famine and disease at the war’s end.