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Fundraising Postcards

During WWI, we sold postcards to raise money to continue our services for blind veterans.

During WWI, we sold postcards to raise money to continue our services for blind veterans.

 

Shortly after we were founded in 1915, the public began to hear of the work being done for blinded soldiers and it attracted the attention of many professionals in a variety of industries. One such man was Mr Begg, a special artist for  The Illustrated London News. In late 1915, he visited our hostel to see the transformative work being carried out and record it in a series of drawings. 

These drawings were released as a special feature in The Illustrated London News under the title "At the House of Miracles, Blinded Soldiers and Sailors are Learning to Work and to Play." This included a plea for fundraising purposes.

It was then decided that the illustrations by Mr Begg would be made into postcards and sold to raise more funds for the charity. The initial pack consisted of the three above and were sold for 1 penny each.

Many thanks to Tony Allen of the World War I postcards website who supplied images and information for this page. Visit his website for more information on the history of picture postcards from the World War I era.

See a full selection of the postcards made for Blind Veterans UK here.