Red Cross Christmas Roll Call December 16th to 23rd

Accession Number

Red Cross Christmas Roll Call December 16th to 23rd

Edwin Howland Blashfield

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color lithograph on paper

36 1/16 x 24 1/16 in. (91.5 x 61 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons

Label 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 Call

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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World War I
modern and contemporary art

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