A finger-wound being attacked by germs represented by German soldiers in World War II. Colour lithograph after P. Mendoza, 1940.

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The germs attacking the wound are represented as German parachutists invading Great Britain. They are being greeted by Quislings. The Germans are labelled "Nasty germs attacking" and the Quislings are labelled "Fifth Column and defeatist germs cooperating with enemy"


[London] : Issued by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, [1940?] ([Place of manufacture not identified] : Loxley Bros. Ltd.)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 76 x 51 cm


Germs love an open wound ! Protect yourself from invasion-get first aid. Mendoza. Issued by the Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the National Safety First Association (Inc.), 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London S.W.1 Bears number: ML/3 Bears device: triangle with cogwheels

References note

Not in: Summary catalogue of British posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Haslemere 1990 (which states on p. 60 that "Mendoza" was a pseudonym)


Wellcome Collection 680216i

Creator/production credits

The National "Safety First" Association was a precursor of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents



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