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A handkerchief trapped in a birdcage, representing the need to prevent the spread of germs by coughs and sneezes. Colour lithograph by D. Dekk, 1946.

  • Dekk, Dorrit
  • Pictures

About this work


[London?] : Issued by the Ministry of Health : Printed for H.M. Stationery Office, [1946] (London S.W.15 : Perry Colourprint Ltd.)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 59 x 41.7 cm


Coughs and sneezes spread diseases. Trap the germs in your handkerchief. Dekk

Creator/production credits

This was the first poster to be designed by Dorrit Dekk, working for the Central Office of Information, on the east side of Baker Street, London, in 1946. The curved lines representing the wire of the birdcage were drawn by Reginald Mount, who was working in the same studio

Lettering note

Bears reference number: 51-2774


Wellcome Library no. 44093i



  • English

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