Red Cross Christmas Roll Call December 16th to 23rdArtist(s)Edwin Howland BlashfieldObject Creation Date1918Medium & Supportcolor lithograph on paperDimensions
36 in x 24 in (91.5 cm x 61 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. Maurice F. LyonsLabel copy
Edwin H. Blashfield, whose work decorated courthouses, banks, churches, and other buildings all over the country, was one of America's leading mural painters. His characteristic mural style, which generally makes use of large symbolical, allegorical female figures, is adapted for use in this war poster. Indeed, the style of this poster is so close to his murals that it is, in effect, a miniature mural painting. The woman holding the scroll represents the Red Cross and the one writing on the scroll is Columbia, a symbol of the nation. Together these women frame and call attention to the poster's message: "Where Columbia Sets Her Name Let Every One of You Follow Her." This clearly calls for all Americans to perform their patriotic duty and join the Red Cross in answer to the general call for help for the wonder, orphans, and refugees of the war.Physical Description
Text: December 16th to 23rd - Where Columbia Sets Her Name Ley Every One Of You Follow Her - Red Cross Christmas Roll CallPrimary Object ClassificationPrintRights
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World War I
modern and contemporary art