My Complete Red Cross Seal List

Red Cross fundraising seals, listed in Ray Mosbaugh's Red Cross Seal Catalog, have been issued worldwide. The Red Cross was founded in 1869 in Switzerland by Henry Dunant, who called for international agreements to protect the sick and wounded during wartime without respect to nationality.  Their symbol, a white cross on a red field, was the opposite of the Swiss flag. In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross and led it for the next 23 years. During the Civil War, Barton saw a great need and began taking supplies to the young men of the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry who were temporarily housed in the unfinished Capitol building.