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WWI Birch cortex letter

Letter from a « poilu » WWI soldier called Luis to his daughter Lulu, written on 15th, August 1915, at 9 am in the morning into a piece of birch cortex of 7,8 cm height, 1 mm thick, rolled into a cylinder of 2,5 cm diameter. During the Great War, the efficient circulation of mail was essential to the well-being and morale of soldiers and civilians alike. When it became difficult to find paper where to write, french soldiers used diverse sort of matter to send messages.