United States: Red Cross, 1919. Poster. (36 x 19cm) Color printed on one side. Red graphic cross on white background with double blue border. Type in like blue. Verso blank. Some toning to white background, minor edgewear and minor foxing. Small pinhole to center blue stripe. Very Good overall. Item #105
The Red Cross on a Field of White
When this Red Cross Service Flag was originally printed in 1919, the world was in the middle of a two-year, worldwide pandemic which would result in the deaths of millions of people. Signal flags like this one were only for use by the members of the Red Cross. This paper Red Cross symbol was to be displayed in the front window of a member of the organization, for the benefit of a seeker of aid and was printed on thin paper to allow light from a home's interior at night to shine through. Thousands of Red Cross nurses had been at the frontlines of World War I only to return home to the trenches of the "Spanish Flu". The graphic red cross is borderd by two blue stripes, symbolizing the American Red Cross's second year of being of military service in the First World War. Inherently fragile, this symbol of bravery and endurance has nonetheless survived. The OCLC lists only one other copy.