War Council of the American Red Cross, 1918.
13.75 x 20.75 inches, printed in black and red. Creasing and general handling wear, edges reinforced with paper tape on the verso. Good. Prior to World War I, the American Red Cross was a small organization, still in the process of developing its programs and identity. The War spurred a significant period of growth for the organization, transforming it into a major national humanitarian organization by the end of 1918. This poster was published in 1918 by the War Council of the Red Cross, a short-lived special unit created by President Wilson in 1917 for the specific purpose of directing the organization’s war effort. It provided the American public with detailed information regarding the extent and cost of various Red Cross programs in France aimed at refugee relief, rebuilding, and hospital construction for the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis. We found no listing for an original of this poster in OCLC and none in commerce, but note copies at the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National World War I Museum, Hoover Institution, and Imperial War Museum.