Front cover of the ARP cigarette card album on preparations for the World War Two home front.
Foreword by the Home Secretary Home Office Whitehall SW1
This series of A R P. cigarette cards shows in clear pictures some of the things that that Government and the Local Authorities are working out for the protection of the general public, and also some of the things that each member of the public can do for himself in time of emergency.
As Home Secretary I am responsible for a Home Defence Service which might affect the life of any person in the country, and I therefore welcome these cigarette cards for the manner in which they bring home to the householder and his family what they can do for themselves.
Air Raid Precautions are not mysterious. They are based on commonsense suggestions and the things recommended cost very little and demand ingenuity and improvisation rather than expenditure. Even some of the more elaborate recommendations can be carried out quite easily in cooperation with a neighbour.
I commend a study of these cards to your attention.
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