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c. 1942-1947 Mercantile Uniforms, New York:WWII "Gray Lady" Red Cross Uniform/American Red Cross Volunteer Outfit. AKA Hospital and Recreation Corps. Uniform. The gray and white thin striped cotton dress and additional pieces of the white epaulets, white collar, gray matching belt and cap are all separate pieces. The American Red Cross Volunteer pin is pinned on the chest pocket above the large red cross embroidered patch. This one is dated 1942; the year they removed the veil from the cap.
Red Cross Uniform: ca. 1939-1945. "The blue seersucker dress, cap and bag were all used by Katherine Simons during the war in Charleston where she worked in the Red Cross canteen and with the motor service."
This is the nurses' uniform that our wounded know best - the gray cotton crepe working uniform of the Red Cross Army and Navy Nurse, which make its wearer "the best dressed woman in the world." Gray is an innovation used abroad made necessary by the laundry problem in France. The Red Cross brassard is worn only by nurses serving directly under the Red Cross
World War II: Church Service in Cologne Cathedral, 1945 An American Army chaplain leads a group of kneeling soldiers (still armed with rifles) in prayer in Germany's famous Cologne Cathedral. This Margaret Bourke-White photograph captures the first service in the cathedral since it was heavily bombed by the Allies a month earlier -- and for those anxiously watching the events unfolding in Europe, half a world away, suggests not only the conflict's harrowing destruction and loss, but also, ju...
26 Oct 42: American Red Cross "clubmobiles" begin service in England. Affectionately called "Doughnut Dollies," the clubmobile women will be a source of tremendous morale-boosting comfort to war-weary troops through the end of the war. More: scanningwwii.com/a #WWII