2nd War Fund Button

Description (Brief)
Second Red Cross War Fund button. The button is a white circle with a dark blue border. A red cross is in the center of the button. Blue print reads “2nd War Fund.”
The American Red Cross was one of the major organizations that conducted relief work during World War I. The Second Red Cross War Drive occurred from May 20–May 27, 1918, in an effort to raise at least $100,000,000 for the support of the organization’s work.
Much like the use of military insignia to identify its wearer (by association with an organization) and his/her achievements, these pins and buttons were meant to be worn by Americans on the home front during World War I to show their membership in an organization and/or their contribution to a particular war effort, such as the United War Work Campaign. The pins and buttons displayed the wearer’s patriotism and generosity and undoubtedly also served to prompt others to become similarly involved in the various war efforts.
SOURCE:
The Work of the American Red Cross During the War: A Statement of Finances and Accomplishments for the Period July 1, 1917, to February 28, 1919 (Washington, D.C.: American Red Cross, 1919), 16–19. archive.org/stream/cu31924027870777.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
button
date made
1914-1918
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 cm; 13/16 in
ID Number
2006.0098.0307
accession number
2006.0098
catalog number
2006.0098.0307
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Military
Advertising
World War I Pins & Buttons
event
World War I
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
World War I Pins & Buttons
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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