It's been a helluva week, and I need some positivity, so I'm going to spend my last week of summer vacation doing things I've been putting off for ages. I have on project in particular that I need help with, so I figured I'd crowdsource some ideas because I have no idea what I'm doing. #notcrafty

My dad gave me a few items from his father, who died when I was 9. Among them are a greeting card from the French family he was stationed with during WWII and two thin handkerchiefs from them. I've attached photos below.

The rub(s): 1) I want to find a way to display both the card and the writing on the inside, without damaging either. The writing is on a separate piece of paper, but I'm not sure how to make it look not-ugly. I also want to make sure that the paper won't degrade any further, if that's at all possible.

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2) The handkerchiefs are crinkled, and they need to be straightened out. They're also very delicate and old. Can I ... iron them? Steam them? Take them somewhere to be cleaned and preserved? Who does that? What should I do that won't damage them? And if you have any ideas of how to preserve display them, I would be much obliged!