Help Your Red Cross Become A Member Now

Title Help Your Red Cross Become A Member Now
Creator Anna Richards Brewster
Format 30 x 40 in
Description This recruitment poster for the Red Cross is simultaneously one of the most tattered, and noteworthy, examples of propaganda in the collection. The poster was likely created by Anna Richards Brewster, one of few women artists commissioned to illustrate posters during WWI. Although a signature cannot be located, the linework and Red Cross truck in the background are practically identical to other known posters by Brewster. On the left side of the poster, a nurse cloaked in a white uniform kneels beside an unconscious, perhaps even deceased, man with bandages wrapped around his head. Brewster’s poster is unconventional because WWI propagandists were especially reluctant to present blood, death, and overt signs of violence that could potentially challenge romanticized visions of war. Traditional gender roles of the time are both challenged and reaffirmed visually insofar as the poster shows women serving bravely on the frontlines, albeit as caregivers.
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