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Dog in the service.
Dog in the service.

Collecting for the Red Cross, 1916. © Wien Museum

Collecting dog.
Collecting dog.

A woman in Red Cross uniform during the First World War, training a tiny Italian greyhound beingpulling a model Red Cross ambulance probably designed for fundraising.

Collecting dog.
Collecting dog.

Inevitably, the Great War saw more dogs than ever collecting for charity and doing their bit for King and Country. In busy areas, particularly at rail stations, they were a familiar sight often with harnesses carrying collection boxes on their backs. Toby, who has obligingly dressed in medical-themed drag, all in aid of the Woolwich and District War Memorial Hospital fund. 'Southville Beau', is a proud looking little Yorkshire Terrier, who had collected three thousand pennies for the Wool Fund.

Collecting box dog, named Carlo.
Collecting box dog, named Carlo.
Collecting dog, named Kim.
Collecting dog, named Kim.
Collecting dog, named Sandy.
Collecting dog, named Sandy.
Collecting dog, named Bob.
Collecting dog, named Bob.

Bob was a crossbred retriever.

Collecting dog, named Grace.
Collecting dog, named Grace.

Grace was a collie, collector at the Dalston L.M.S Railway Station,

Collecting dog.
Collecting dog.

Dog with election sign on his back and a bucket to collect money for the elections. The sign on the dogs back says ' Vote Labor and take us off the the track'. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,1935.

Collecting dog named Spot at Bexley.
Collecting dog named Spot at Bexley.
Collecting box dog, named Bess.
Collecting box dog, named Bess.

Collecting dog at Stonehouse Station.

Collecting dog, named Bess.
Collecting dog, named Bess.

Collecting dog at Stonehouse Station.

Collecting box dog.
Collecting box dog.

A dog with a charity collecting tin on its back receives a hug from a passer-by at Victoria Station.

Collecting dog 'Wimbledon Nell'.
Collecting dog 'Wimbledon Nell'.
Dog fundraising policeman
Dog fundraising policeman

A long-haired black dog collects for the Red Cross to help local wounded, London. Date: 1914-1918 war.

Collecting dog, named London Jack.
Collecting dog, named London Jack.

Passengers at Euston Station petting the collecting dog. Jack was a retriever.

Collecting dog named Laddie.
Collecting dog named Laddie.

A young passenger at Waterloo Station pops money into Laddie’s collection tin. Photo: Old Southeronians Association.

Collecting dog named Laddie.
Collecting dog named Laddie.

National Railway Museum.

Collecting box dog, named Laddie.
Collecting box dog, named Laddie.

York, National Railway Museum, 26 juni 2008. Laddie, een airdale terrier, met op zijn rug een collectebus. Dit is een van de honden die vanaf 1880 op grote stations werden ingezet voor het collecteren voor goede doelen, zoals fondsen voor wezen van spoorwegpersoneel. De honden werden verzorgd door het stationspersoneel. Op de perrons vertoonden ze kunstjes, om het publiek ertoe te bewegen hun kleingeld af te staan. Laddie, geboren in september 1948, werkte op station Wimbledon (Londen).

Collecting box dog, named Tim.
Collecting box dog, named Tim.

Great Western Railway.

Collecting dog, namen London Jack.
Collecting dog, namen London Jack.

Collecting box dogs were a popularfeature of Railway Stations in Victorian and Edwardian times and many of these animals, after a long and successful career,found themselves saved for prosperity by the medium of taxidermy to end up in a glass case in the very same stationb, still collecting coins for charities.

Collecting dog, named London Jack.
Collecting dog, named London Jack.
London Jack after the restoration
London Jack after the restoration
Collecting dog.
Collecting dog.

Painting by George Buckly of railway collecting dog, 'Carlo'.

Collecting dog, named Tim.
Collecting dog, named Tim.
Collecting dog, named Tim.
Collecting dog, named Tim.
Collecting dog, named London Jack.
Collecting dog, named London Jack.