Lot of 2 flags, ca 1918. Printed flag on silk, 5 x 8 in., with 14 in. staff, professionally mounted and framed, 14.5 x 21 in. Handwritten note accompanying the flag reads: "Flag and ribbon I carried in the parade in 1918 the end of the World War. (signed) Bertha as a Red Cross worker."
When the United States entered World War I, the American Red Cross turned its energies and attention to supporting the needs of the thousands of young men joining the allied forces on the battlefields of Europe. Communities throughout the country flooded Red Cross headquarters with requests to establish local chapters, with the number growing to 3,700 and membership increasing to more than twenty million by the end of the war. In every community, the Red Cross called upon patriotic women to sew and knit for the boys overseas.
Printed flag on cotton, 11.5 x 16.5 in. Accompanying note reads: “Flag Bought On Gay Street, Knoxville, Ten – Nov 11 – 1918 – Also Carried When Peace Came With Japan –“
After the war, parades were held in cities across the nation celebrating the return of American troops and demonstrating the country’s patriotic solidarity.
Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags
Red Cross worker flag: few minor spots. Otherwise very fine condition (not examined outside frame). Note with typical folds, toning.
Knoxville flag: even toning, few minor spots. Small pinholes along top and bottom edges of hoist end. Light edge wear. Professionally mounted using stitch on board.
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