People's History of the NHS


From Cradle to Old Age 1929

Conservative Party Election Poster, 1929
The 1929 General Election, also known as the 'Flapper Election' was the first in which women were allowed to vote on equal terms as men -- that is, all men and women over the age of 21 were enfranchised. As in 1918, this prompted both political parties to make strong claims and promises about improvements in health and welfare, and saw the emergence of this early version of the 'cradle to grave' slogan that would later characterise the Welfare State.

Courtesy Conservative Party Archives Poster Collection

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