Rare 1942 WWII Red Cross Volunteer Staff Assistance Corps Washable Indoor Uniform
The American Red Cross entered World War II in 1939 -- preceding the United States' involvement -- and became the chief provider of supplies and aid to civilian victims. As the war raged on, more than 7.5 million volunteers along with 39,000 paid staff provided aid to military personnel and their families as well as served in understaffed hospitals and medical facilities both at home and on the front line.
Manufactured by Mercantile Uniforms in New York, this 7-gored, one-piece poplin dress was first issued to volunteer members of the Red Cross Staff Assistance Corps in 1941. Members of the Staff Assistance Corps provided various forms of office and administrative support in chapters, hospitals, and other sites of Red Cross activities.
Dress has patch pockets on each hip and one on the left breast, which also bears the Red Cross emblem. Also has a self-tie belt.
The left sleeve has 2 chevrons and one bar service stripes signifying 9 years of service, as well as am American Red Cross Volunteer patch on the shoulder.
Uniform has yellow grosgrain ribbon epaulets and a yellow Red Cross pin on the lapel signifying that the wearer was a member of the Staff Assistance Corp.
Dress fastens up the front with blue pearlescent buttons and comes with a matching coif. Unlike earlier years, this coif does not have a veil because the fine yarns used to manufacture them were reserved for military purposes.
This truly is a magnificent piece of Red Cross and WWII history. Perfect for any collector or re-enactor.
Total Length: 43"
Label: Mercantile Uniforms, New York, Size 14
Condition: Very Good
Dress has 2 small brown stains on the back shoulder and one tiny stain on one of the epaulets. One sleeve has a line of fading where it looks like it might have been exposed to the sun while hanging. Hat has some faint spotting on the front. May be able to be cleaned. Still very wearable as is. Priced accordingly.
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