"Volunteer for the Red Cross Motor Corps" Vintage WWII Recruitment Poster

Presented is an original WWII poster designed by Whitman. Showing a woman behind the wheel of a vehicle speaking to two airmen, this poster places the female Red Cross volunteer in the middle of the planning. In bold red letters, it urges the viewer to “Volunteer for Red Cross Motor Corps.” Behind the scene sits a large B-17 Flying Fortress, a highly recognizable heavy bomber.

The Red Cross Motor Corps was created in WWI to help deliver aid and transport troops for the US Army and Navy. It later continued to play an essential role during the 1918 Flu Pandemic, taking medicine to sick individuals and escorting them to hospitals when needed. The corps continued through WWII, recruiting women around the US. Thanks to enrollment efforts like this poster, over 45,000 US women served in the corps. Many took mechanic courses to learn how to change a tire, care for the vehicle, and even repair an engine. Of those women, a significant portion even used their own vehicles to transport supplies, the sick and wounded, and even volunteers to and from facilities.

CONDITION:

Overall age appropriate condition. The poster has one horizontal crease along the middle and one faint stain on the hood of the vehicle. Otherwise, the poster is in very good condition with no structural issues. Presented in a rustic black frame, the poster is housed according to archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 35 ½" H x 26" W x 1 ½" D




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