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Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935)

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Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935)


These materials cover the years after WWI and before Parran's campaign. Of particular note are the poster series "Keeping Fit" and "Youth and Life," which were collaborations between the YMCA and the PHS. The former was created for young male audiences, the latter to reach young women.

Items in the Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935) Collection

This poster promotes social hygiene among parents and children.

"Now he is building a strong, beautiful body and steady nerves : Soon he will be building ideas and laying foundations for social life : Promote through study groups a better…

The brochure shows the different posters included in a version of the "Keeping Fit" health exhibit created for African American men.

This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

This poster warns women not to associate with men they don't know. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""'Pick-up' acquaintances often take girls autoriding, to cafés, and to theatres with the intention of leading them into…

This poster warns women about congenital syphilis. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Every child has a right to be well-born : If the father or the mother has syphilis, the child may be born or defective"

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