Coughs and sneezes spread diseases: trap the germs in your handkerchief

Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number ARTV01941
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 76.2 cm x 50 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description offset lithograph on paper
Maker Ministry of Health
LONDON : MINISTRY OF HEALTH, [N.D.] (LONDON : CHROMOWORKS FOR H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE)
Date made 1939- 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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Description

British Second World War Ministry of Health poster intended to prevent coughs and colds. The stylised poster features an inset picture of a man sneezing. The first body which could be called a department of the British government was the Ministry of Health, created in 1919 through the Ministry of Health Act, consolidating under a single authority the medical and public health functions of central government. The co-ordination of local medical services was expanded in connection with emergency and wartime services, from 1935 to 1945, and these developments culminated in the establishment of the NHS (National Health Service) in 1948.