Red Cross Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1931

Red Cross Stamp

Issued on May 21, 1931, the two cent red and black stamp commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Red Cross by Carla Barton in 1881.  Carla Barton was born in 1821 and was a school teacher and later the first woman clerk at the US Patent Office.  At the start of the American Civil War, she began tending wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C.  Later that year, Barton set up an organization that would collect and distribute supplies, medical and otherwise to wounded soldiers.  Her responsibilities continued to expand during the war and by 1964 General Benjamin Butler appointed her the “Lady in Charge” of hospitals.

After the Civil War ended, Barton operated the Office of Missing Soldiers in Washington, D.C.  She also gave a series of lectures throughout the United States about her experiences in the war.  She also traveled out of the country, and it was on one of these voyages that she learned about the Red Cross in Switzerland.  When she returned to the US, she promoted the creation of an American Red Cross organization.   She succeeded and in 1881 the American branch of the Red Cross was founded.  Over the years the Red Cross has responded to a multitude of wars and natural disasters and their work continues to this day.

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