20th Century American culture:

and the red-letter editon


From racy red cars, like Ford’s 1909 Model T, red shoes, dresses, “power” ties, and lipstick (c.1884), to the congressional charter of the Red Cross in 1900, and women’s Red Hat Society that began in 1998, the vibrant and intense color red draws the eyes’ attention.  In 1917, red even had its significance in Eastern Europe’s Bolshevik Revolution as the Red Army enveloped Russia along with its red flag denoting bloodshed.  By 1926 the iconic red phone box was seen in London.  No more considerable period did this phenomenon of red begin to capture cultural aspects than in the 20th-century, and this was no different for America.  The red umbrella became the object of many art paintings as a symbol that evokes feelings of romance, beauty, or solitude.  With increasing traffic from the newly invented motorized carriage, Red stop lights began to pop up in 1912, along with its cousin, the obverse red octagonal STOP sign in 1915.  This color also impacted Christianity in a way that may otherwise go unnoticed in the form of Bible publishing, known as the red-letter edition.  A technique referred to as rubrication launched a new era of Bible printing that emphasized its main character.