American Red Cross Museum. As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world.
We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. 1940s Patterns to Knit. The 1940s in Britain was a high point for hand knitting.
Women on the home front could make a contribution to the war effort by knitting for the troops using patterns that were often given away free. Many specialised patterns developed such as the balaclava helmet with ear flaps for use in telephone operations or the mittens with a separate forefinger for firing a trigger in the cold. 'Spiral-spun waistcoat' Pattern for a waistcoat From Essentials for the Forces Jaeger Handknit 1940s 'Spiral-spun waistcoat' Pattern for a waistcoat From Essentials for the Forces Jaeger Handknit 1940s. Exercises in Knitting. Vintage Knitting Patterns. Baby Dee Fundraiser: Vintage Knitting, Crochet, Needlework Patterns... and more! Free Vintage Knitting Patterns.