Lol....that's fantastic! Does the "poor" relate to their financial position, or are we just supposed to feel sympathy for them, I wonder! Reminds me of street collections for the Spastics Society....I bet it's not called that any longer!😅
Think it's change it's name now, I remember those rather sinister 'little girl in calipers' collecting boxes outside shops as a child.
How times have changed Tony! Although purchasing toy soldiers and helping the less fortunate seems like a win-win to me!
At least it was for a worthy charity although politically incorrect wording now.
About 20 years ago I set up some lunchtime Western skirmish wargames at the school I taught at. One of the keen (and very smart) players had a wasting disease which confined him to a wheelchair.Among the figures was one I had converted from a cereal pack copy of the Crescent gunfighter with whip. I had given him a crutch.At one point I said something like, 'The cripple is out of range'. The boy in the wheel chair repeated what I said but he actually thought it was funny!
Our perspective on disability has changed since 1909 , I wonder if the figures they painted were made by Britains ?.
Sir William Treloar was an interesting (Cornish) man, Mayor of London etc on Wikipedia and http://www.helstonhistory.co.uk/local-people/sir-william-treloar/Interesting advert that you found, interesting in comparison to the Lord Roberts home for injured sailors and soldiers who produced or painted toy soldiers in WW1.Today we have Models 4 Heroes positively looking at modelling for mental health / PTSD. As you and commenters have said, language has changed, the 'poor' pity side has changed to enabling people through legislation and support, but the 'poor' economic side remains an issue, both in terms of mental and physical health or "disability".
Eacn 'age' is different and views thing in other ways - thanks for the link - very interesting .
Found it - I was sure that I had featured Lord Roberts soldiers before on the blog - https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/toys-from-the-scrapheap/
Cheers for the link , I'd forgotten about this .