Recruits Wanted: Motor Corps of America
World war one poster, reading "Yes sir--I am here! recruits wanted: Motor Corps of America." with the first World War that women became part of the war effort beyond domestic duties. The Motor Corps was established by the National League of Women’s Services in conjunction with the Red Cross. It was entirely voluntary and appealed to many female socialites in Brooklyn who had the time and the money to share. Among the roles women could play, the Motor Corps was particularly challenging. It required the most training and time: a chauffeur’s license, mechanics’ license, a typhoid inoculation, and a car! Their duties included transport and ambulatory services for troops in the local region and they were on call 24/7. Created by Edward Penfield (1866-1925), a prolific illustrator for many American publications like Harpers, Scribner's, Colliers, and Saturday Evening Post.