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The Vegetarian World Forum

This magazine was edited and published independently by Geoffrey Rudd in the UK, and was sold worldwide. The various name changes are shown in green below. The changing sub-titles are also added. During most of the 1950s space in each issue was given to IVU reports, and it became the official IVU journal.

At the same time as this journal was produced, there were also The Vegetarian Messenger from The Vegetarian Society (based in Manchester); and The Vegetarian News from the London Vegetarian Society. In 1958 they merged to become The British Vegetarian.

Also in 1958 Geoffrey Rudd became the IVU Honorary (=unpaid) General Secretary, he had already become Secretary of the Vegetarian Society (Manchester) and subsequently used The British Vegetarian as the official IVU journal in the 1960s.

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Spring 1951


Autumn 1955

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Summer 1957

 


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Winter 1957

 

 


Oct.-Dec. 1970

    THE VEGETARIAN
  • Number One - Spring 1947
  • Number 2 - Summer 1947 missing
  • Number 3 - Autumn 1947 missing
  • Number Four - Winter 1947
  • No.1 Vol.2 - Spring 1948
  • No.2 Vol.2 - Summer 1948
  • No.3 Vol.2 - Autumn 1948 - The finest Food Reform Magazine in the World
  • No.4 Vol.2 - Winter 1948 - An Open Forum for Food and Living Reform
  • No.1 Vol.3 - Spring 1949 - Open Forum for Living Reform
  • No.2 Vol3. - Summer 1949 - " "
  • No.3 Vol.3 - Autumn 1949 - " " [American Vegetarian Convention previews]
  • No.4 Vol.3 - Winter 1949 - " " [American Vegetarian Convention report & photos]
  • No.1 Vol.4 - Spring 1950 - " "
  • No.2 Vol.4 - Summer 1950 - " "
  • No.3 Vol.4 - Autumn 1950 - World Forum
  • No.4 Vol.4 - Winter 1950 - " "
    WORLD FORUM
  • No.1 Vol.5 - Spring 1951 - A Magazine Devoted to Living Reform
  • No.2 Vol.5 - Summer 1951 - " " --"read by at least 25,000 people"

    All issues from Autumn 1951 to Summer 1954 are missing - during this time the World Forum started carrying regular reports and news from IVU. Geoffrey Rudd was now on the IVU Executive Committee, and there was some discussion about the Forum being taken over by IVU, but he preferred to keep it as an independent business.

    THE VEGETARIAN WORLD FORUM
  • No.3 Vol.VIII - Autumn 1954 - A Quarterly Magazine for Better Living [IVU news survey, 2 pages]
  • No.4 Vol.VIII - Winter 1954 missing
  • No.1 Vol.IX - Spring 1955 missing
  • No.2 Vol.IX - Summer 1955 missing
    THE VEGETARIAN AND HUMANITARIAN WORLD FORUM
  • No.3 Vol.IX - Autumn 1955 - A Quarterly Magazine for Better Living [IVU Paris Congress, entire issue]
  • No.4 Vol.IX - Winter 1955 - missing
  • No.1 Vol.X - Spring 1956 [IVU General Secretary in America, so no IVU News Survey]
  • No.2 Vol.X - Summer 1956 - missing
  • No.3 Vol.X - Autumn 1956 [IVU Notices, 1 page]
  • No.4 Vol.X - Winter 1956 - missing
  • No.1 Vol.XI - Spring 1957 [IVU Congress and membership items]
  • No.2 Vol.XI - Summer 1957 [pre-India Congress, most of the issue]
  • No.3 Vol.XI - Autumn 1957 [minor IVU notices]
  • No.4 Vol.XI - Winter 1957-58 [IVU India Congress, entire issue]
  • No.1 Vol.XII - April 1958 [minor IVU notices]
  • No.2 Vol.XII - July 1958 [with IVU News, 12 pages]
  • No.3 Vol.XII - October 1958 [minor IVU notices]
  • No.4 Vol.XII - Jan.-June 1959 [with IVU News, 7 pages]

    It is not clear what happened to the numbering sequence here, but Geoffrey Rudd retired as editor and publication appears to have ceased for a while.

    From late 1958, when Geoffrey Rudd became the IVU General Secretary, the inside front cover stated: "World Forum is the official organ of the International Vegetarian Union (by arrangement with the publishers)". From around 1960 this ceased and The British Vegetarian, now with Mr. Rudd editing that journal, carried all IVU reports.

    Under the new editor,
    Esme Wynne Tyson, World Forum leaned rather more towards the 'Humanitarian' aspect of the title, and became more philosophical, distancing it from the more practical British Vegetarian. The few minor items of direct relevance to IVU have been included elsewhere on this website.


  • Nos. 1-3 Vol. XIII - missing, presumably all from the first three quarters of 1961, following a gap in 1960.
  • No.4 Vol.XIII - October 1961 - A Magazine for Better Living

    - presumably 1962=Vol.XIV; 1963=Vol.XV; 1964=Vol.XVI; 1965=Vol.XVII - all missing

  • No.1 Vol.XVIII - Jan-Mar 1966 - missing
  • No.2 Vol.XVIII - April-June 1966
  • No.3 Vol XVIII - Jul-Sep 1966 - missing
  • No.4 Vol.XVIII - Oct.-Dec. 1966
  • No.1 Vol.XIX - Jan.-Mar. 1967
  • No.2 Vol.XIX - Apl.-Jun. 1967
  • No.3 Vol.XIX - Jul-Sep 1967 - missing
  • No.4 Vol.XIX - Oct-Dec 1967 - missing
  • No.1 Vol.XX - Jan-Mar 1968 - missing
  • No.2 Vol.XX - Apr-Jun 1968 - missing
  • No.3 Vol.XX - July-Sept. 1968
  • No.4 Vol.XX - Oct.-Dec. 1968
  • No.1 Vol.XXI - Jan.-Mar. 1969
  • No.2 Vol.XXI - Apr.-Jun. 1969
  • No.3 Vol.XXI - July-Sept. 1969
  • No.4 Vol.XXI - Oct.-Dec. 1969
  • No.1 Vol.XXII - Jan.-Mar. 1970
  • No.2 Vol.XXII - Apr.-June 1970 - missing
  • No.3 Vol.XXII - July-Sept. 1970
  • No.4. Vol.XXII - Oct.-Dec. 1970

The last issue above states that the editor, Esme Wynne-Tyson, had retired with the previous issue, and introduces a new editor, along with details of how to subscribe to future issues. It is currently not known whether there were actually any more after this.

If anyone has any of the missing issues please contact John Davis - webmaster@ivu.org !!