Have You Answered the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call?

Have You Answered the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call?, 1918

Harrison Fisher (American, 1875-1934)

Lithograph on paper

On loan from the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina

Howard Chandler Christy was not the only illustrator to use attractive women in propaganda. Harrison Fisher was one of America’s foremost illustrators of female beauty. His “Fisher Girl” was hailed by many as the next “Gibson Girl,” the iconic portrayal of beauty established by Charles Dana Gibson. Fisher shows a beautiful yet modestly dressed Red Cross worker pleading to her audience for more money. Her somber gaze encourages the viewer to join the Red Cross during their Christmas Roll Call, one of many coordinated membership drives.

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