IT WAS all smiles as these members of the 17th Glasgow City Women's Junior Air Corps went out to distribute leaflets.

But they were on a serious mission to inform people of the mass X-ray campaign being held in the city to combat tuberculosis.

Housing had been improving in the city since the Second World War, bringing improvements to health, but the latest drugs were needed to eradicate this disease.

During March and April in 1957, more than 750,000 people in Glasgow had X-rays, with almost 3000 learning that they had the condition.

Those affected were treated with the then new drugs, such as streptomycin.

Some of the earliest work involving these treatments had been carried out at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, where author George Orwell had been treated.