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RoSPA offers vintage safety posters for sale

Monday 2nd September 2013

RoSPA has released iconic safety posters dating from the 1950s to the 1970s to go on public sale.

The 10 images covering leisure, road and occupational safety, feature the artwork of famous artists are available to purchase via RoSPA’s print-on-demand service.

An additional 12 images featuring RoSPA’s retired road safety squirrel Tufty Fluffytail have also been released, including the 1960s Happy Christmas Tufty artwork.

All of the images are available in a variety of forms, from prints and canvases to mugs, fridge magnets, greetings cards and postcards.

The items come from a long-forgotten collection of more than 700 historical safety posters and Tufty artwork, which RoSPA staff found while clearing out an old warehouse in 2011. The entire RoSPA Collection - as the archive has become known - features items dating from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, said: “When we first discovered our forgotten archive, we were astonished at the wide variety of styles used by the different artists and the high calibre of their work. We also saw that their messages remained valid, despite the passing of time.

“We are immensely proud of this aspect of our charity’s history, with artistic talent promoted over many decades and a continuous effort to improve the quality of everyday life.

“We are delighted to make some of our images available to the public and we hope people will enjoy them and be inspired by them, as we are.”

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As someone who was working in road safety in the 70s I am looking to put together a small exhibition of old road safety bits and pieces and have on my desk 3 Tufty wooden jigsaws, 2 Tufty club books, the activity book including the "tuftygraph" (a flannel graph to you youngsters) and the Tufty Fluffytail road safety action song sheet. Plus I also have a book of Olivers Lucky Escape from LB Camden.
Peter Wilson Westminster

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