Friday, May 21, 2010

The Power of One Voice - Postcard Friendship Friday #12


This wonderful Christmas postcard was printed in 1909 to commemorate the American Red Cross.  Clara Barton was one of the main founders of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

The American Red Cross was founded today, May 21, in  1881. Inspired by the Red Cross in Switzerland, This one amazing woman campaigned for an American Red Cross society and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured.

Clara Barton
Clara Barton

Clara headed the Red Cross for 23 years, during which time it conducted its first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the International Red Cross Movement.

Because of one woman's voice, over 100 years ago, the Red Cross continues to help people in crisis across the entire world.  

Have a wonderful PFF!

15 comments:

Lois said...

Oh wow, I should have save my picture of our Red Cross sign from yesterday for today!

CafebyJW said...

Your card is beautiful as always, the story of Red Cross reminds me a lot about incidents happen in Thailand during this week.

Have a nice day!

Bangkok in Shambles

viridian said...

Thank you for a reminder of this amazing woman. I wish I had a postcard to match this theme, but my entry is already up.

Dayhomemama said...

What a great bit of history, thanks for sharing!

Snap said...

Hi Beth,

Wonderful card and good reminder about the Red Cross and all the ways it helps in this country and abroad.

Debs said...

what a gorgeous card...when i first looked at this post i was struck by how much she reminded me of florence nightingale...funny, eh!? have a great PFF...and thanks for keeping this going! no.12 already? that's three months' worth...!

MrCachet said...

Are those really locks of hair?!

MrCachet said...

Sorry about the last one from me - an error. What I had in mind for your card is the observation that this looks like a Christmas Seal - which it isn't, but it certainly would make a nice stamp!

Postcardy said...

I love the design on the card. Happy PFF!

Clytie said...

The Red Cross does so much good work ... I appreciate them so much. It's funny how Lois did a Red Cross post just yesterday!

maryt/theteach said...

Great post on Clara Barton and the Red Cross, Beth! Mine's been up! Forgot to come over and sign up! Duh! :)

Christine H. said...

I'm glad to read about Clara Barton. And what a fabulous card. Great to have the juxtaposition of Santa Claus father Time and the Red Cross.

peggy gatto said...

Lovely post!!!
I learned a lot, what a legacy!!!

Terra said...

This is a great reminder of the founding of the Red Cross.

Linda said...

Wow, had no idea she was connected with promoting the Geneva Conventions. Brilliant!