Description: ARTIST: HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (1873-1952) SIZE: 20 x 29 7/8 in./51 x 76 cm PRINTER: Forbes, Boston DESCRIPTION: The American Red Cross was founded on May 21, 1881 in Washington, D.C. by Clara Barton and a circle of acquaintances. Barton had been inspired by the Swiss International Red Cross Movement while visiting Europe following the Civil War. During the First World War, the Red Cross staffed military hospitals and ambulance companies. Christy’s humanitarian recruitment poster conveys a confident, upbeat postwar optimism; there were, however, many challenges which America and the Red Cross would face in 1919. The Spanish influenza epidemic killed some 30 million people worldwide from 1918 to 1919, with millions of Americans falling ill and more than 540,000 lives claimed. The Red Cross met the emergency by providing nurses and volunteers who set up tent cities to ease the overloaded hospitals. (Propaganda; War; Americana)
Dimensions: 20 x 29 7/8 in./51 x 76 cm
Artist or Maker: HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (1873-1952)
Condition Report: A.
Literature: Ref: Darracott, 6; PAI-XXXVIII, 286