American Fund for French Wounded matchbox cover

Description (Brief)
A matchbox cover made of ivory-grained celluloid. The front is printed with the name of the organization, American Fund for French Wounded. The back has an image of the French and American flags. This is an advertising item for the organization's Chicago branch, located at 60 East Washington St. There is an empty matchbox inside the cover.
"The American Fund for French Wounded was founded by American women living abroad, to provide relief to small hospitals in France. The organization was initially established under the auspices of a British organization, the London Committee of the French Emergency Fund, but became independent in December 1915. Committees in eighty United States municipalities raised funds for the organization, which worked closely with several similar organizations, notably the American Committee for Devasated France and the American Red Cross. The Fund’s mission was to provide medical assistance for wounded French soldiers and civilians, and other forms of support for refugees."
Source: New York Public Library,
Currently not on view
Object Name
match box cover
date made
after 1915
Whitehead & Hoag Company
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
paper (match box material)
overall: 3.8 cm x 6.1 cm x 2 cm; 1 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in x 13/16 in
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War I
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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