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There is still time to buy UNICEF cards and gifts that help change children’s lives

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In 1949, a seven-year old Czech girl, Jitka Samkova, painted a "Thank You" picture for UNICEF help given to her village.

The first design was a picture of a maypole painted on glass by a seven-year-old Czechoslovakian girl. Yitka and her classmates were regular drinkers of UNICEF milk, and the paintings they produced were a 'thank-you', sent off to UNICEF's bureau in Prague by their teacher. From there, the glass picture of children dancing round the maypole went to Vienna, where one of [UNICEF Executive Director Maurice] Pate's bright young women — Grace Holmes Barbey, sent out on an information gathering mission — wrapped it up and took it back to New York. In October 1949, small numbers of a card using Jitka's design were produced as a modest fund-raiser.

 

 
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