The Brooklyn Public Library in collaboration with Newspapers.com has recently made available access to the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, which was published between 1841 and 1955.
There are several articles in the newspaper that reference heraldry and it’s been a lot of fun sifting through the paper in search of them.
I’ve been saving "clippings" of the articles, and you can view them from my profile on the website here: http://www.newspapers.com/profile/JeremyHammond/
Here’s one example:
On a side note: The website is very well designed and I think represents the type of technological work that could be and should done in the field of heraldry. (After all, A retiree working from his living room has also digitized 27 million old newspaper pages and made them free online for anyone to search. We have no excuse.)
And last for now. This one is too long to comfortably post. It’s in two parts.
Red Cross Society Guards Its Emblem
It would be interesting to see how this story developed. It’s an example of heraldic jurisprudence in the United States and sort of acts as Lucy does in Evolution ... showing how heraldry is a sort of ancestral system to copyright laws.
What’s interesting is that the Red Cross is first and foremost (under the Geneva Conventions) the emblem of military and naval medical facilities and personnel. It is secondarily the emblem of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and only tertiarily that of the various national Red Cross societies and their international federation.
The emblem was introduced by article 7 of the 1864 Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field: "A distinctive and uniform flag shall be adopted for hospitals, ambulances and evacuation parties. It should in all circumstances be accompanied by the national flag. An armlet may also be worn by personnel enjoying neutrality but its issue shall be left to the military authorities. Both flag and armlet shall bear a red cross on a white ground."
The ARC was generally successful in putting a stop to the use of the Red Cross emblem by civilian health care providers and ambulance operators not affiliated with the Red Cross organization (which is why the blue "star of life" emblem was developed), but it was way overstepping its bounds when it tried to take on the army and navy. It also failed to prevent the use of the red cross emblem by Johnson & Johnson and Red Cross Shoes, both of which had been using the device on their products before the ARC received its Congressional charter in 1900. The charter gave the ARC exclusive use (non-military use) in the US, but had a grandfather clause permitting companies already using it as a trademark to continue doing so.