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March 16, 2020

Death, Blood, and Mayhem: A Collection of 48 Scary Vintage Dutch Workplace Safety Posters

These posters, which represent over 50 years of finger-wagging, are mostly terrifying, but each is also pretty gorgeous in its own way — much better than the inspirational or warning posters floating around offices today.


The posters were created by some very talented Dutch artists, spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s, and were quite beautiful and creative ways to remind workers of the dangers of the jobsite and shop.

Now, just check out some amazing vintage safety posters after the jump:

1925-1926, illus. Willem Papenhuyzen

1925-1949, poster by Evert Möllenkamp

1925-1949, poster by W. J. v.d. Werf

1925, poster by Jacob Jansma

1925, poster by Jacob Jansma

1925, poster by Jacob Jansma

1925, poster by O. Roland

1926-1927, poster by Albert Hahn

1926, poster by Albert Hahn

1927-1928, poster by Albert Hahn

1928, poster by Herman Heyenbrock

1939, poster by E. Lukàcs

1939, poster by E. Lukàcs

1939, poster by Gé Hurkmans

1939, poster by Gé Hurkmans

1939, poster by Strelitskie

1939, poster by W. Poll

1940, poster by Drik de Leeuw

1940, poster by E. Lukàcs

1940, poster by Jacob Jansma

1940, designer unknown

1941, poster by Strelitskie

1942, poster by Hans Bolleman

1942, poster by Hans Bolleman

1944, designer unknown

1945, poster by Renes / Jan Rot

1945, designer unknown

1950–1959, designer unknown

c. 1950–1959, designer unknown

1950-1970, poster by V. Riel

1950, poster by N. Olthuis

1952-1953, poster by Dick Harders

1952, poster by R. Wormer

1955, poster by Jack de Rijk

1955, poster by Jack de Rijk

1958, poster by Ary Halsema

1959-1964, designer unknown

1959-1964, designer unknown

1959-1964, designer unknown

1959-1965, designer unknown

1959, poster by T.T. Kwee

1959, designer unknown

1960-1970, poster by Frits Frietman

1960, poster by T. ten Geusendam

1960, designer unknown

1960, designer unknown

1963, designer unknown

1967, designer unknown

1968, designer unknown

1963, designer unknown

(Images: Memory of the Netherlands via 50 Watts)

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