Posted by: helenrobertsbradford | December 11, 2009

Delivering the milk

In 1960, when having milk delivered to your doorstep each morning was more common than it is now, the independent Kent Direct Action Group designed a small pink leaflet. In the centre of the leaflet a cross was cut through the paper. This enabled the leaflet to be slotted over a milk bottle, as shown in this photograph.

Poisoned milk leaflet

How the leaflet might have looked on a milk bottle!

‘Poisoned milk!’ screamed the leaflet. ‘Join CND’.  This alarming and innovative way of spreading the nuclear disarmament message was tried out in Nottingham.  The archives of the Direct Action Committee contain numerous copies of the leaflet.  One of these has been annotated with a green question mark next to the suggestion to ‘Join CND’.   Correspondence with the CND group in Nottingham reveals that they were less than pleased with this campaign tactic and the DAC had to dissociate itself from the Kent activists.

Until the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963, countries such as the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France carried out testing of nuclear weapons above ground.  This leaflet highlights widespread fears about the danger to public health of radioactive fallout from these tests passing into the food chain, and especially into the milk supply.


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