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Santa Claus, Big Ben and vulnerable children: Our Christmas messages, 1907-1952
As we approach Christmas, this seems like an appropriate time to look back at our history. After all, we have been around since 1881 and although our name has changed during that time (we were originally the Waifs and Strays Society), we have celebrated Christmas each year and always aimed to make it a special time for children and young people.
Over the next several days we’ll share some heartwarming Christmastime photographs and images from our archives. Today please enjoy these cards and adverts that we used when communicating to our supporters.
These images and photos date from 1907 through 1952. While they address areas of work (such as children’s homes) that we no longer operate, their message of the need to support vulnerable children is just as vital today as it was when Edward Rudolf founded our organisation in 1881.
Please enjoy these images and continue to check back for updates between now and Christmas.
Images from our archives, 1907-1952
The cover of our magazine for supporters, 1937
A photograph used in our magazine for supporters, 1907
An image from our magazine for supporters, 1952
An image from our magazine for supporters, 1937.
Please visit our Facebook page for more Christmas-related photographs from our archives
Visit Hidden Lives Revealed for photographs and information about our archives
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