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In the early-20th century, Europe and the U.S. saw the rise of “open air” schools intended to create healthy environments to combat tuberculosis using the principles of sanatoria. Sometimes purpose-built, and sometimes converted spaces, open air…

A public health graphic created to educate the public about avoiding the spread of disease. Published in the Virginia Health Bulletin in 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic.

Spanish-language educational comic book created for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).Inside front cover contains a letter from Micky Sadoff, President, MADD National.Founded in 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a nonprofit…

Selected pages from the 1916-1917 Annual Report of Neighborhood House, Richmond, VA. p.1 Listing of Chairman, Executive Committee, Directors, and Head Worker at Neighborhood House, 1916-1917.  p.2 "Activities at the Neighborhood House October,…

French bacteriologists Albert Calmette (1863–1933) and Camille Guérin (1872–1961) finalized the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for tuberculosis in 1921. The vaccine remains the only tuberculosis vaccine in use today. While not perfect,…

National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) pamphlet on how woman suffrage improves children's health. Cover editorial cartoon by Rose O'Neill. Originally published in The Woman Voter,May 1916.Text excerpts:"300,000 babies die every year in the United…

Bond, issued in 1917 in return for a donationof $1.00 toward the construction of Piedmont Sanatorium. The Piedmont Sanatorium was established in Burkeville, Virginia, in June, 1918. At that time, tuberculosis was one of the leading causes of death…

In 1981, Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA identified a new disease that, among its many signs, severely weakened the immune system. Named acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), this disease was initially seen among gay men in large cities.  Human…

Pamphlet issued by the Consumers' League of Eastern Pennsylvania as an exposé of workplace accidents involving children. The authors make an appeal to regulate child labor, and “To break down the conspiracy of silence” (p. 11) about illegal…

Poster depicting the eleven Chores of Modern Health Crusaders. These eleven health chores set out the essentials of tuberculosis prevention and general hygiene. They were part of a public health campaign devised by Charles De Forest of the National…

This poster was part of "Youth and Life" a 48-poster series published by the American Social Hygiene Association. The series was designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace…

This giveaway comic book seeks to educate children and their parents about the poisonous nature of many items commonly found in the home. It urges parents to "Poison Proof Your Home."A publication created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human…

Giveaway comic book distributed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America Publications. Revised edition of a 1956 publication.Fear of an unwanted pregnancy makes intimacy stressful for the Harpers. Learning about contraception from Planned…

Editorial cartoon by Oscar Cesare originally published in the New York Sun. Republished here in Cartoons Magazine, vol. 4, no. 3 (September 1913), p. 271. A poor mother kneels beside her sleeping child. She dreams of the "Mother's Home at Sea…

Binky says "Give Your Pet All the Breaks!" Public service comic published as a part of the National Social Welfare Assembly Comics Project. The Comics Project lasted from August 1949 - July 1967 and produced over 200 pages promoting citizenship and…

"I've Had My Chest X-Ray" button with red double-bar cross that was the emblem of the National Tuberculosis Association anti-TB crusade.  People can be exposed to tuberculosis bacteria and become infected. Some who are infected go on to develop…

After the influenza virus was finally identified in 1933, researchers immediately started to develop a vaccine. The first flu vaccine was approved for U.S. military use in 1945 and for civilian use in 1946. Unfortunately, the flu has several types,…

A news digest published by the Department of Race Relations, Federal Council of Churches, New York, NY. The Federal Council of Churches was an ecumenical association of Protestant denominations in the United States founded in Philadelphia in 1908. It…

Informational comic book "created as an educational component of the American Psychiatric Association 'Let's Talk About Mental Illness' public awareness campaign, produced through an educational grant from The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, MI." (from…

Dorothea Dix’s 1843 speech petitioning the Massachusetts Legislature for funds to improve the living condition of people with mental illnesses at Worchester Hospital. Her speech includes detailed descriptions of conditions in state and privately…

Sent to Congressman W. R. Poage (Texas) with a cover letter signed by Betty Jane Whitaker of the Texas Committee on Migrant Farm Workers.This paper was written by Florence R. Wyckoff, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Families Who Follow the Crops,…

Informational pamphlet about the National Health Circle for Colored People, Inc.The National Health Circle for Colored People developed out of the Circle for Negro Relief, an organization that helped meet the needs for black soldiers and their…

Educational comic book promoting sound emotional health, particularly within families. A letter written by Newton Bigelow, M.D., Commissioner of Mental Hygiene for the State of New York is printed inside the back cover. Excerpts:"As Blondie said,…

Pamphlet describing the work of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. Cover art by Corporal Percy Lee. "This Mother is Dying Because She Wasn't Well Enough to Have Her Last Baby Perhaps she was already exhausted from too frequent or complicated…

This pamphlet was created by Dr. Valeria H. Parker, National Chairman of the Social Hygiene Committee of the National League of Women Voters, and outlines outlines the League's general platform and stances regarding the abolition of commercialized…
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