In 1917, Ernest Hemingway (fresh out of high school) left his job at the Kansas City Star newspaper and enlisted with the Red Cross as an ambulance driver on the Italian frontier during WWI. After being seriously wounded in both legs by shrapnel from a mortar bombardment, Hemingway spent six months at a military hospital—falling in love with one of the nurses who was helping him recover. The experience was the inspiration for Hemingway to write one of his first great novels—A Farewell to Arms.
I like to image this flag, which flew over a similar hospital tent in WWI, may have crossed paths with Hemingway on his journey.
This is a genuine military hospital tent flag flown during World War One. The flag measures 8' x 12', and is truly massive. It shows wear that is understandable for its age—a few small cuts and stains—but it overall in incredible condition.
PLEASE BE AWARE: Small Vintage items will add an additional $7.50 in shipping to any order. I know its kindof crummy. I really want to keep the price down on these items, but I also want them to get to you undamaged. Which costs a bit for packing materials and the shipment. Hopefully if you really wanna snag a deal, you live locally and can take advantage of our free in town pickup and delivery!