Your Red Cross Story

This digital project launched on July 1, 2016 with 120 historical items that bring the first 120 years of Canadian Red Cross history into focus. All items signify important moments of our history and many reflect significant moments in Canadian and world history as well. 

If the Red Cross has ever played a role in your family's life and you have a special item to share, we invite you to submit it and tell your Red Cross Story
 

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Canadian Red Cross Corps war service badge

Canadian Red Cross Corps war service badge

1940s

As an undergraduate, artifacts of the Second World War-era Corps (like this one) first sparked my interest in the history of the Canadian Red Cross. I've been studying it -- as a student, then as a professional historian -- ever since.

Red Cross Junior Magazine Nov. 1955

Red Cross Junior Magazine Nov. 1955

November 1955

This magazine was part of what was done in schools during the 1950s which also included some first aid training and a card. This occurred in Louth Township schools during this time. Great idea!

Red Cross Swimming Badge – Level Orange

Red Cross Swimming Badge – Level Orange

1989

This badge makes me smile. It's such a childhood remnant; of cold community pools in January, enthusiastic teenage swimming instructors, mind-of-their-own flutter-boards, the nostalgic scent of chlorine and feeling old enough to go to swimming class.

Save Lives! Comic Book

Save Lives! Comic Book

1962

My father received this book from a service station in Toronto when he filled up with gas many years ago. We had a cottage on Lake Simcoe, so this booklet was relevant to my father since all the kids were in the water constantly during the summer months.

Star Trek Red Cross badge

Star Trek Red Cross badge

23rd century

I was watching a recent Star Trek movie and I was sure that I saw a medic wearing a Red Cross badge. After some google work, I discovered that each department on the Enterprise wears a federation badge, with some appropriate symbol in the middle.

Vintage Red Cross First Aid Kit

Vintage Red Cross First Aid Kit

1960s?

I found this first aid kit at a garage sale and thought it would be a great box to keep some tools in.

When You Get Home Booklet

When You Get Home Booklet

1918

I believe this book was given to my great, great grandfather when he returned from the war to Iowa. It has been in my family ever since.

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