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.
A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara
For 100 years we have been supported by dedicated volunteers.
Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans
100k walk medals from 1923 to 2015
Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove
Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.
Braille printers are revolutionary pieces of technology that allow texts to be translated into Braille.
Screen reading software both magnifies and read texts to allow blind veterans to read on their computer, use the internet, send emails and magnify documents and letters.
Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist
Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
"If people want to hear music - music with a large capital "M" - let them come to St Dunstan's some day.." The Review, 1917
A signed address by Helen Keller from the World Conference on Work for the Blind. This address was given to Ian Fraser, our chairman at the time who was in attendance at the conference.
Fundraising has always been vital to the work of Blind Veterans UK.
Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.
The Old Bill Fraternity was a subscription scheme for products made by blind veterans.
The winged victory is a sculpture above the chapel at our centre in Brighton.
Sink the Bismarck is a 1960s black & white war film about the chase and sinking of the German battle ship the Bismarck.