American Red Cross Uniform.

American Red Cross Uniform. (nurse's uniforms)

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American Red Cross uniform, consisting of coat, jacket, skirt, cap and bag, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

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Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1978-512
Materials:
serge
type:
nurse's uniforms
credit:
The Duchess of Argyll.

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Jacket from an American Red Cross uniform, United States, 1939-1945

Jacket from an American Red Cross uniform, United States, 1939-1945

Jacket from American Red Cross uniform, , blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

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Made from serge, this jacket has an ARC badge pinned to each lapel as part of a volunteer’s uniform. ‘ARC’ stands for the American Red Cross. During the Second World War, and prior to America’s military involvement, the American Red Cross provided supplies to civilian victims in Europe as part of the International Red Cross war time plan. The ARC also ran clubs providing food, entertainment, barbers, laundries and overnight accommodation for soldiers both in Europe and, later, in the Pacific arena.

Once America entered the war, the ARC increased its involvement – continuing to work in countries physically affected by the conflict as well as at home. By the end of the war the numbers of volunteers involved with the ARC could be counted in the millions. It is shown here with an ARC hat (1978-512/2).

Measurements:
overall: 410 mm x 530 mm,
Materials:
serge , metal (unknown) , textile and cotton (fibre)
Object Number:
1978-512/1
type:
uniform
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Cap from an American Red Cross uniform, United States, 1939-1945

Cap from an American Red Cross uniform, United States, 1939-1945

Cap from American Red Cross uniform, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

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Made from serge, this jacket has an ARC badge pinned to each lapel as part of a volunteer’s uniform. ‘ARC’ stands for the American Red Cross. It was made by Burberry, the British clothing manufacturer, who also made the British Army’s uniforms during the First World War.

During the Second World War, and prior to America’s military involvement, the American Red Cross provided supplies to civilian victims in Europe. This was as part of the International Red Cross’ war time plan. The ARC also ran clubs providing food, entertainment, barbers, laundries and overnight accommodation for soldiers both in Europe and, later, in the Pacific arena.

Once America entered the war, the ARC increased its involvement – continuing to work in countries physically affected by the conflict as well as at home. By the end of the war the numbers of volunteers involved with the ARC could be counted in the millions. It is shown here with an ARC jacket (1978-512/1).

Measurements:
overall: 110 mm x 201 mm x 245 mm, .14 kg
Materials:
serge , metal (unknown) , cotton (textile) and silk
Object Number:
1978-512/2
type:
uniform
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Coat from American Red Cross uniform

Coat from American Red Cross uniform

Coat from American Red Cross uniform, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

Materials:
serge
Object Number:
1978-512/3
type:
nurse's uniforms
Skirt from American Red Cross uniform

Skirt from American Red Cross uniform

Skirt from American Red Cross uniform, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

Measurements:
overall: 670 mm x 310 mm x 5 mm,
Materials:
serge
Object Number:
1978-512/4
type:
nurse's uniforms
Bag from American Red Cross Uniform.

Bag from American Red Cross Uniform.

Bag from American Red Cross uniform, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945

Materials:
serge
Object Number:
1978-512/5
type:
nurse's uniforms