Hard times make for interesting collectibles. This 5-inch printed paper egg is dated 1919. It's really an envelope—the chick pops out to ask for a donation to help France repopulate its chickens after World War I. It sold for $115 at Hake's auction last month.
The front reads: "France Needs Food, So Please Take Pity! Hatch This Egg For The American Committee! Chip The Shell By Pulling The String! Tuck Fifty Cents Under The Chickie's Wing! Mail It To Us, And Enjoy Your Chance To Help Rechickenize Devastated France!" On the back it reads: "Almost Every Chicken Was Destroyed In The French Regions Held By Germans. Eggs And Chickens Are Needed To Enable Returning Refugees To Resume Raising Poultry, On Which They Have Always Depended For A Large Part Of Their Food Supply. Help Rechickenize France!" Inside it reads "The American Committee For Devastated France, Inc. NYC." The chick's wings are folded back to act as coin holder.