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Don't spread germs.

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One of a series of four advertisements made by Richard Massingham informing people about how to prevent the spread of germs. A man is taught how to use a handkerchief properly.


UK, 1948.

Physical description

1 encoded moving image (2 min.) : sound, black and white



Copyright note

Crown copyright, managed by BFI.

Terms of use

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

Language note

In English

Creator/production credits

Produced by Richard Massingham. Directed by John Krish.


This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive


Segment 1 A man is seen thoughtfully smoking a pipe; a narrator tells him that he is going to show him three things. Firstly, a pint of beer appears and the man glugs it down quickly, to comic effect. Secondly, a handkerchief appears and the man looks briefly puzzled before he sneezes loudly into it. Thirdly, a bowl marked disinfectant appears and the man looks at it. As the man tries to drink it the narrator interrupts and tells him not to drink it! Finallly the narrator reminds the man Don't Spread Germs! Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:01:02:00 Length: 00:01:02:00



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