These Dutch Safety Posters Are Beautiful—But Utterly Disturbing

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There is nothing coy about these vintage Dutch safety and anti-alcohol propaganda posters. They want you to know just how horribly inattention to your work will maim you, live wires will electrocute you, and alcohol will destroy your life.

And no, this isn't the first time we've featured Dutch safety posters. They're that terrifying.

One touch! There are monster lurking in electric cables, designed by Evert Möllenkamp, between 1925 and 1949

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Help us! Our country must be alcohol free! (Blue Week), designed by Albert Hahn, between 1925 and 1949

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Use safety harnesses, designed by W. J. van der Werf, between 1925 and 1949

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Help us! The bottle must be broken! (Blue Week), designed by Georges Raemdonck, between 1925 and 1949

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He never used a with a hammer with a chisel, designed by Jacob Jansma, between 1925 and 1949

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This is life threatening and that's why it's forbidden, designed by Jacob Jansma, 1925-1926

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Alcohol increases the risk of accidents, by Albert Hahn, 1926

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Every wise welder is using safety glasses, designed by Jacob Jansma, 1926-1927

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Never work without safety, designed by Herman Heyenbrock, 1928

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Drinking alcohol causes accidents, 1928

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From above!, designed by Jacob Jansma, 1928-1929

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Even if a ladder is easily found, a few stacked crates work just as well .. or maybe not, designed by Willem van Poll, 1928-1929

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Sportsmen! Stop drinking alcohol! It's a danger to you!, designed by Albert Hahn, 1928

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Against alcohol (Blue Week), designed by William A. van de Walle, 1928

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Blue Week, designed by Henk Doornekamp, between 1925 and 1949

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A worn wrench is the key of an accident, designed by Jacob Jansma, between 1925 and 1949

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A worn wrench is good for nothing, except accidents, designed by Jacob Jansma, between 1927 and 1929

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Faulty material is the source of many accidents, 1927-1929

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Visit the Safety Museum, designed by K. Koekoek, 1929

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Falling from a ladder, by Jacob Jansma, 1930

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Suffering children, by Henri Pieck, c. 1930-1932

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Good protective glasses – eyes saved, designed by Willem van Poll, 1939

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Safety, designed by E. Lukács, 1939

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Carbon monoxide! Provide good ventillation, designed by E. Lukács, 1939

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Inattention causes accidents, designed by Strelitskie, 1940

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Never leave any tools lying on a stepladder, designed by Jacob Jansma, 1944

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A safety harness could have saved him, 1945

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Use protective masks, 1945

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Do not oil or clean the machine if it's running, designed by Jacob Jansma, 1949

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Work safely, designed by N. Olthuis, 1950

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This can cost a foot, designed by E. Lukács, 1953

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All posters above are from Memory of The Netherlands.

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