100 years old plant-eating identical twins! The Ernest Bell Memorial Library

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Post By John Edmundson

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These wonderful anti-vivisection, animal rights, veg(etari)an-themed children’s story books have survived for 100 years – but their original owners were less fortunate.

Title: Stories from the Children’s Realm
Author: George Bedborough
Publisher: Vegetarian Federal Union
Publication Date: 1914

We are very, very fortunate to be looking after these 2 copies in our Ernest Bell Library. What makes them even more special is that both copies are inscribed by the author, George Bedborough.

Having them side-by-side brought the word ‘twins’ to mind.

Stories from the Children’s Realm is an exceedingly rare book. Copac lists only one other copy in The British Library. (Note 1)

We will write more about George Bedborough in future articles. He is well remembered for his famous court case. His vegetarian writings have largely been forgotten.

 

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One copy was presented by George Bedborough to the vegetarian artist & author Lawrence Ambrose Hayter – probably in 1914. The book also contains several examples of Lawrence’s artwork!

stories-from-the-childrens-realm_0003We already have 30+ of Lawrence’s cartoons / drawings & 3 of his children’s stories in issues of the Vegetarian Federal Union’s children’s magazine – The Children’s Realm. Plus one story co-authored with Gerald William Bullett.

Lawrence was the main illustrator of The Children’s Realm – from 1908.  He was a very talented & dedicated vegetarian artist!

In our library we have a complete run of The Children’s Realm from its launch in 1906 to the end of 1912 on loan to us – 84 monthly issues.  They are a treasury of information of early vegetarian activism.

Lawrence’s date of birth we do not know – but in a circa 1910 photo he looks no older than 16.

So perhaps he was 24 when he died!

~ Lawrence Ambrose Hayter, Private 32129, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th December 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Upper Holloway, Middlesex, enlisted Bedford, resident Letchworth. Buried in KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 8. ~ (Note – 2)

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Updated Sunday 21 September 2014

Information received from Judith Brown Hancock.

~ Lawrence Ambrose Hayter’s birth was registered in Islington in the second quarter of 1893.

The 1911 Census has him at “Sweet Briar”, Pixmore Way, Letchworth.

His occupation is given as draughtsman (printer’s engraving).

His father was Arthur William Hayter, his mother Edith Rose Hayter.

Mr Hayter Snr was an organ builder. ~

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Lawrence A. Hayter in ~ 1910 aged ~ 16 or 17 – born 1893 – died 30 December 1917

Lawrence A. Hayter has been largely forgotten.

He is missing from directories of artists & illustrators.

He has also been forgotten by the vegetarian community.

Here is a contemporary bio of Lawrence.

Here is a post about The Children’s Realm magazine.

Here – from The Children’s Realm magazine – ‘The Isle of Vegetariana’ – by George Bedborough – a 1913 story for children.

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The second copy was presented by George Bedborough to Gilbert Ruay Cufflin.

Ruay also died in 1917.

~ Gilbert Ruay Cufflin, Private 28668, 13th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, was killed in action at Bourlon Village, France on 26 November 1917. He has no marked grave but his name is included on Panel 6 of the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval, France. ~ (Note-3)

Ruay married Elsie Emmie Olley in 1913 – they had a son – Laurie Gilbert Olley Cufflin 1914-1983.

The surname Ruay is common in Sudan – Ruay’s father is believe to have ” …….spent some time in the Army, supposedly in the 5th Queen’s Royal Lancers, served in the Sudan, was ship-wrecked in the Mediterranean on on his way home, and was employed in the wine-trade at the time of his death…” (Note 4)

This copy also has the bookplate of the textile artist Liv Hassel. She is listed as being born in 1917, Liv Hassel was one of the many designers associated with the famous Norwegian artist’s colony Plus Design in Fredrikstad, Norway between the years 1958 – 1978. (Note-5)

We found this book in Norway.

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A. M. Cole’s Preface

 

Below is - a contemporary review of “Stories from the Childrens’ Realm” by George Bedborough which appeared in – Good Health magazine in March 1914. It was posted underneath a review of Henry S. Salt’s book – “The Humanities of Diet.”.

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LITERARY NOTICES

Stories About Animals.

~ ALL children are interested in hearing about animals and we therefore welcome “Stories from the Childrens’ Realm” by George Bedborough. This book is especially written for those children who love animals, and have learned how to treat them kindly. In the preface we are told that the author “wants the children to be kind to each other and to animals.” Kindness to all is the message of this interesting little book of 100 pages, and we take pleasure in commending it to our readers. The price is 6d. net, or 7d. post free.  The book, which contains numerous most interesting illustrations, is published by the Vegetarian Federal Union, Memorial Hall, Farringdon St., London, E.C. ~

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In the weeks to come we will write more about the animal friendly activities of :

The Ernest Bell Library

The Childrens’ Realm magazine.

George Bedborough

Lawrence A. Hayter

Gerald William Bullett

The Vegetarian Federal Union

Miss A. M. Cole

….and other vegetarians & animal rights pioneers.

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 Notes

(1) http://copac.ac.uk/search?author=bedborough&title=children&rn=1

(2) http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Hertfordshire/Letchworth.html

(3) http://cufflin.homestead.com/files/cufflintree.htm#Note 18

(4) http://cufflin.homestead.com/files/cufflintree.htm#Note 17

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http://records.ancestry.com/Lindley_Dawn_Cufflin_records.ashx?pid=48794335&te=1

(5) http://www.utopiaretromodern.com/utopiaretromodern/eventi.asp?mode=designer&ID=&LAN=NOR

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The Ernest Bell Library’s  primary objectives are to: -

  • Collect all of Ernest Bell’s book & non-book works and make them easily accessible to everyone.
  • Collect the literature of vegetarianism and all the other humanitarian movements in which Ernest Bell was so deeply involved.
  • Assist students and scholars in their research.
  • Introduce all aspects of Ernest Bell’s life, including his writings, campaign work, influences and his circle of friends.
  • Undertake our own research into missing aspects of Ernest Bell’s life and work.

We already have more than 300 pieces of Ernest Bell’s own writings.

We are also actively building a collection of examples of promotional material, campaign material, fundraising & marketing activities etc. – related to: –

  1. veg(etari)an products.
  2. veg(etari)an books & other publications.
  3. veg(etari)an organisations.
  4. veg(etari)an businesses.
  5. animal rights organisations.
  6. animal rights publications.
  7. humanitarian organisations.
  8. humanitarian publications.
  9. rambling clubs run by members of the above groups & related publications.
  10. the work of Richard St. Barbe Baker & the ‘Men of the Trees’ organization & its many sub-branches..

There are currently more than 2,000 items in the Ernest Bell Library.

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If anyone would like more information, please send an email to: – 

humanitarianleague (at) outlook (dot) com 

- or message me through HappyCow – 

http://www.happycow.net/blog/author/JohnnySensible/

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About John Edmundson

Working to promote vegan businesses since 1978. Henry S. Salt Archive - researcher & fundraiser. The Humanitarian League - researcher & fundraiser. The Ernest Bell Library - archive manager. Collecting & republishing historical material of vegetarianism and other humanitarian movements. Running the 'Hum-an-imal Badge Co.'.
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