Disinfecting car wheels during a foot and mouth outbreak, Whipsnade Zoo, 1935.
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A photograph of a zookeeper disinfecting the wheels of a car, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 8 January, 1935. The zookeeper at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire was carrying out the procedure as a precaution against the spread of foot and mouth disease that had broken out at Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. Whipsnade Zoo had opened to the public four years earlier, in 1931. The last epidemic of foot and mouth disease in Britain occurred in 2001. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.