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MH55/907 NHS cartoon 'Perm' 1948-1949 | by The National Archives UK
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MH55/907 NHS cartoon 'Perm' 1948-1949

Our Education Document of the month is this satirical cartoon from a collection of newspaper cuttings kept by the National Health Service, 1948-1949.


This document can be used as part of the studies of Medicine Through Time and the launch of the NHS, asking questions about how the NHS was perceived when launched.


The image is an illustration of two ladies in 1940s dress sitting and having tea in a crowded cafe. It is captioned: ‘I had such a lovely dream last night. I was having my hair permed FREE under the National Health.’

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Uploaded on July 6, 2020