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Sticker relating to hygiene and cleanliness, London, England, c. 1960-1970

Workers are reminded to wash hands by this adhesive sticker. It was for display in food handling areas or staff toilets. The message reads: 'Your hands are now Public Enemy No. 1', complete with a small red devil perching on them. This highlighted the disease-spreading potential of dirty hands. Unwashed hands carry potentially harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. These can cause serious health problems. The sticker was produced by the Central Council for Health Education between 1960 and 1970.

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Glossary: sticker

Adhesive-backed slips of paper or similar thin material, usually bearing messages or designs.

Glossary: public health advertising

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