Hidden Book Treasure No 8: Haig Poppy
I found this delicate, still vibrant, poppy a few weeks ago in a history book about the First World War. The book was published in the 1930's and I'm guessing that the Poppy may be at least 40 years old. It still bears the 'Haig Fund' logo in the centre of the flower and is made from cardboard and artifical silk. If anyone is able to date such an item I'd be fascinated to know more.
There was a super programme on Radio 4 this week about the history of poppies & wreaths for Remembrance Sunday, 'The Poppy Factory'. If you missed it you can listen HERE
The following quote comes from Major George Howson, the founder of the Disabled Society, in 1922:
"I have been given a cheque for £2,000 to make poppies with. It is a large responsibility and will be very difficult. If the experiment is successful it will be the start of an industry to employ 150 men. I do not think it can be a great success, but it is worth doing."