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Postcard of children with banners at Animals' Welfare Week Procession

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Postcard of a large group of children, some in fancy dress, some boys in Scouts uniform, children in front holding banners.

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Copy negative from original postcard, view of large group of children, some in fancy dress, some boys in Scouts uniform, children in front holding banners reading e.g. "Animals Feel Pain Don't Hurt Them". "Be kind to all dumb animals", "A free dog is a happy dog". Visible in the background are banners from the Round Table, and the scouts and the Girl Guides, stating: "The Guide is a Friend of Animals". Some of the children also appear in a group photograph: FGCHM 793.1. The Colonnade is just visible in the background so this is possibly taken from a patch of ground just behind the shops along Eastcheap, making the building on the right, The Co-operative Stores (the 1918 development map shows a small footpath connecting Station Place (prior to the bank (now Barclays) being built) and the back of Eastcheap shops - stopping because of the grounds of the post office and its stables). Photograph depicts Animals' Welfare Week procession, as reported in The Citizen 6th June 1924 (date according to handwritten annotation on LBM file), this has been identified by the description of the children in the article, accordingly: 'In the fancy dress section which followed, we had girls and boys from the Council schools and from private schools, and here was a pleasing riot of fantasy and colour. The Central Preparatory School was represented by characters from the nursery rhymes, a King and Queen and Pages, a most alarming witch, with steeple hat and broom, a bonnie Highland lassie, and a little girl who represented a pretty pink cockleshell...Many other children walked in this part of the procession with banners inculculating kindness to animals' (see FGCHM 793.2), c. 1924. See s/unaccessioned material/ animals' welfare week for full articles for 1924 and 1925.

Content activity

fancy dress

Content event

Animals' Welfare Week

Content place

The Colonnade
Co-operative Stores

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boy scouts
girl guides
The Central Preparatory School
image FGCHM 793.2

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