68 pp. Plain boards, fair to good copy, shows signs of use. Staining to boards, rusting of staples, slight foxing to rear page. Contains many illustrations, and accounts of the Society for 1927
A membership booklet for this "Ancient Guild circa 1924" for members who "Gollop Beer with Zest". This membership, No. 610564, made out to F. Stevenson. One of the advantages of membership being that "The Metropolitan Police have been requested not to arrest, annoy, or apprehend any member under or over the influence of Froth, should the said member be wearing the A.O.F.B. cuff links at the time of the debauch". No membership card present in endpocket.
An obituary from the Times Newspaper February 25th, 1931 reads :
"The announcement in your columns last week of the death, after a short illness, of Mr. Herbert Temple prompts me to pay a tribute to his untiring and devoted work as the originator and founder of the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, which has been the means of raising over £100,000 for children’s charities. It was characteristic of “Bert” Temple’s generous mind that he conceived the idea of the A.O.F.B. as a means of ex-pressing his appreciation to the late Sir Alfred Fripp who had helped him to regain his health. Knowing Sir Alfred’s interest in children, Temple started in 1924 what was originally intended to be only a small and private organisation. Gradually however, the Order grew until the membership totalled over 678,000, and included men and women in every walk of life, and scattered all over the Empire. As a result of his work 50 cots have been endowed in various hospitals; £12,000 has been devoted, through the Invalid Children’s Aid Association, to the equipment of a home at West Wickham for children suffering from rheumatic fever; and £14,000 for founding a trust in connexion with the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement for helping to send poorer children to camp. Temple’s death at the age of 51 is an irreparable loss to the order; but he leaves behind him, not only the recollection of a genial and jovial personality, but a lasting memorial in the many children’s charities which have benefited by his untiring efforts. By Our Own Correspondent. "