Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – American Red Cross Christmas Drive

Answer the Red Cross Christmas roll call. All you need is a heart and a dollar.

WW1 was a period of unprecedented growth for the American Red Cross. It grew from 107 chapters in 1914 to 3864 in 1918. By the war’s end, nearly one-third of the US population was either a donor to the Red Cross or serving as a volunteer … over 20 million adult members, over 11 million Junior Red Cross members and 8.1 million volunteers.

The organization served at home and in the war zone, supplying hospitals and canteens, offering civilian relief and aid to military dependents.

Illustrator Ray Greenleaf created this poster for a Christmas fundraising campaign. I found this copy in a display of WW1 posters at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.  


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – American Red Cross poster, Geneva

Belated Independence Day greetings.

While the US did not join WW1 as a combatant until 1917, Americans made many contributions throughout the war. Some individuals joined the armed forces of other countries (for both the Allied and Central Powers). More helped the humanitarian aid efforts – with donations or as volunteers – through organizations like the Red Cross.

This 1918 poster is one of several designed by artist Gordon Grant for the American Red Cross. It is part of a display of WW1 posters in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland. A young woman helping a wounded soldier is a common promotional image, no matter the country.

Belated greetings, as well, to some recent followers of Great War 100 Reads. Welcome all! I hope you will enjoy my musings. Please feel free to add your comments.


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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Association des dames françaises and Croix-Rouge française poster, Geneva

Images of wounded soldiers were used to evoke compassion to raise money for medical care. The Association des dames françaises was one of three groups that formed the Croix-Rouge française. This 1916 poster is part of a display of WW1 posters in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.  The museum lists the artist as J Loney, while other sources credit Lucien Hector Jonas.

Association des dames françaises, Croix-Rouge française
Aidez-nous à soigner nos blessés. Achetez les timbres à l’effigie de nos Généraux
Le Carnet de 20 Timbres : 1Fr.
En vente :
Au siege social, 12 rue Gaillon, Paris
Dans les comités de province
Dans les bureaux de tabac 

Association of French Ladies, French Red Cross
Help us care for our wounded. Buy stamps in the image of our Generals
Booklet of 20 stamps: 1 franc
On sale:
At headquarters, 12 Gaillon Street, Paris
In the provincial committees
At tobacconists.