With the disasters in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere in the northeast last week, the American Red Cross was once again called upon to help provide disaster relief. The American Red Cross has been around since 1881, and this postcard from Zurich, Switzerland shares what some American Red Cross volunteers were doing in 1915. "Teestube" is the German word for "tearoom," and the whole phrase at the bottom of the postcard translates, "tearoom in favor of the Red Cross, Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse."
"Dear Laura, Many thanks for your letter. I'll answer it right away, really I will be better than I have been. This is a picture of "our" tea room. Another girl and I have opened it to help the Red Cross. It's going beautifully & we are making lots of money. Plus I'm learning skiing too which is a wonderful sport. Love, Bess."
Here's the card as addressed to Miss Laura River/Riner/Ruines (your guess is as good as mine!) of "Hillside" in Kingston, New York. I know the Brits have some charity-supporting tea rooms today, and I must say I love the idea!