Envelope containing eleven pearl buttons, England, 1920
Inside the envelope, addressed to Miss Kathleen Herrick, a nurse working at the Hospital Anglais in Nice, France, are eleven pearl buttons. Post-marked with the year 1920, Nurse Herrick almost certainly worked during and after the First World War tending to wounded soldiers. Nurses relied on personal and unofficial supplies for certain items such as buttons, especially during wartime when normal trading was disrupted.
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Rectangular, flat container made of flexible material that is folded to produce overlapping seams that are adhered together on two or three edges; often with a flag closure, and intended for small objects or documents.