1919 Button

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Description (Brief)
Round 1919 button. The button is white with a blue border. A red cross is in the center of the button. Blue print reads “1919.”
The American Red Cross was one of the major organizations that conducted relief work during World War I.
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.
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World War I Pins & Buttons
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American Art Sign Company
related event
World War I
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 1.5 cm; 9/16 in
overall: 1/8 in x 9/16 in; .3175 cm x 1.42875 cm
National Museum of American History
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