American Red Cross Handing Out Cigarettes!


“Nurse! Cigarette Please.”

And probably some other favor best not to mention.


Washington, D.C., circa 1918. “Red Cross activities at Walter Reed Hospital.” Cigarettes for the wounded back from the trenches of Europe. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

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