First World War charity flag pins

First World War charity flag pins

About this collection

Agnes Morrison established Our Day collections and created flag days in September 1914, within months of the outbreak of the First World War. In the same way that ribbons, flowers and stickers are given out today, charity street collectors during the First World War gave flag pins as a ‘thank you’ gift, to be worn on the lapel.

This collection of flag pins  belonged to Dorothy Worth, who worked for Harland and Wolff in Liverpool after the First World War.

You can see some of the flag pins from this collection on display in the exhibition First World War: Charity and Liverpool's Home Front until 30 December 2016. As there wasn't space to include the whole collection in the exhibition, the flag pins which are not on display are featured below, along with some of the display highlights.

A small boy dressed in uniform sells charity flowers to a policeman

First World War fundraising © Mary Evans Picture Library


Did you know?

By the end of the First World War, Our Day collections had raised more than £25million, equivalent to £1.75billion today.



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