Puzzle in the form of a maze showing the path from 'Slumdon' to 'Good Health'

1930-1939 in Harborne
Chad Valley Company Limited

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Puzzle in the form of a maze depicting illnesses between "Slumdon" and "Good Health", made by Chad Valley Co. Ltd., sold on behalf of the Infants' Hospital, Vincent Square, London, c.1930

By purchasing this puzzle you could have fun, learn how to avoid ill health and raise money for a worthy cause – the Infant’s Hospital in Vincent Square, London. The hospital was set up in 1903. Prior to the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, all hospitals relied heavily on charitable donations. The subject of this game acknowledges the link between poor housing and poor health – a major element of public health policies in the inter-war period (1918-1939). Each of the holes represents a barrier to ‘good health’ and gives us an idea of what these were at the time. They include pneumonia, lack of sunlight (which causes rickets), crowded housing, bad diet and meningitis.

The Infant’s Hospital, now part of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, trained doctors and nurses specifically in child care and researched the causes of infants’ deaths.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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complete, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • recreational artefact
Preston, M.R.