Safety reels

The National Archive in Kew has put 60 public information films online to celebrate the Central Office of Information’s 60th birthday.

The first batch will feature clips screened before 1951, including the COI's first film, in 1946, which used the slogan 'coughs and sneezes spread diseases'. More recent films, such as the Green Cross Code campaign and the Charley Says warnings, advising children not to play with matches or talk to strangers, are also available at

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