I found a placard in my great-grandfather's scrapbook, it's with some other WW1 items so I'm guessing it's related to the war. But what is it?

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This is a Red Cross Service Flag.

Have YOU a Red Cross Service Flag? by Jesse Wilcox Smith Image source: Library of Congress

Each smaller cross indicates an additional Red Cross member in the house beyond the first. You can read more on the American Red Cross Society during WW1 here.

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    Excellent! What did it mean to be a "Red Cross member"? Just that you had donated money, or time, or both? Mar 30, 2018 at 20:03
  • @BettyCrokker For most members - yes, that meant they made some kind of donations. I've added a link to an article on American Red Cross' activities during WW1, if you're interested in reading more about them. Mar 31, 2018 at 4:46

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