Item 2019-017-230 - "Little workers for the Red Cross"

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"Little workers for the Red Cross"


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Photograph, B and W, 9 x 13.5 cm.

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Donated in 2019.

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Photographer: Hickie, Wimbledon.

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Postcard format. Missing bottom right corner.

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"Newfoundland" printed on cart.


Handwritten on verso: From Uncle John & Aunt Clara [To] wish Claude & Ethel [Lytton] a Happy Easter. Lady Davidson's little daughters they collected for the Red Cross on Trafalgar day.


From, Women's Patriotic Association War Memorial Municipal Heritage Site: "The War Memorial has further historical value due to its association with Women’s Patriotic Association (WPA) in Newfoundland. In 1914, Lady Margaret Davidson, wife of the then governor of Newfoundland, established the WPA to help those fighting overseas and their families left behind. The WPA organized women’s groups across the Dominion of Newfoundland to handcraft socks, mittens, scarves, clothing and bandages along with preparing medical supplies and other comforts for troops. The WPA “Visiting Committee” offered support to family members at home. A Naval and Military Convalescent Hospital was also established by the WPA in St. John’s. Shortly after it was founded, over 200 WPA branches were active, with a total membership of 15 000 women. At the end of World War I, the WPA shifted its focus to child welfare, establishing milk distribution centres and a children’s hospital. The WPA was dissolved in 1921 but was reestablished in 1939, at the onset of World War II, with over 400 branches. In 1948, the WPA was disbanded once again and its funds were turned over to the Red Cross.


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