23 May 2016
Meet Bert the Turtle
Did you know today is World Turtle Day? To mark the occasion, we'd like to introduce you to Bert the Turtle. He can be found on the front cover of a vocal score of Bert the Turtle's The Duck and Cover Song (shelfmark VOC/1953/CARR), which forms part of the British Library's extensive printed music collections.
The artwork and associated song formed part of a US Cold War campaign devised in 1951 to encourage children to ‘duck and cover’ should they see ‘the flash’ - an atomic explosion. You can hear the song here.