A Handkerchief in Time Saves Nine and Helps to Keep the Nation Fighting Fit : Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number ARTV01942
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 76.2 cm x 51.5 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description offset lithograph on paper
Maker Ministry of Health
LONDON : MINISTRY OF HEALTH, [N.D.] (S.L. : NORBURY PRINTERS 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 poster, produced by the Ministry of Health, depicing a man using a handkerchief, with images of nine smiling faces of people from the community appearing below him. 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.