The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book
In December 1915, The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift book was
in aid of Blind Veterans UK.
In December 1915, The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift book was published in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Edited by George Goodchild, the book contains an array of poetry, stories, commentaries and illustrations from a wide variety of people.
The book was designed to copy its Victorian predecessors from the outset, in terms of content and structure, as well as name. Those buying this the book could have little doubt that their purchase was a gift to those blinded in conflict, as George Goodchild states in the foreword, 'every purchaser of this volume may feel that he or she has directly contributed towards the welfare of those who have sacrificed so much in defence of our national ideals.'
The gift books were highly sentimental and personal items, moving from the world of commerce. Sentiment was the binding that held the pages of the books together and marked them as different to all other book during that era.
'Above Rottingdean the new villas began: pipe-dream architecture: up on the downs the obscure skeleton of a nursing home, winged like an aeroplane' (Graham Greene, Brighton Rock, 1938)
Among the many sporting activities blind veterans took part in while at Regent's Park was the classic game of tug of war!
Now you see it, now you don't! Could it be magic?