Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935)

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Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935)

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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.

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"That The Children of Tomorrow May Inherit Health"
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…

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

"The Venereal Menace: An Exhibit for Adults"
This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

"Beware of Chance Acquaintances"
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…

"A Syphilitic Baby"
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"

"Blinded by Gonorrhea"
This poster explains how men may transmit gonorrhea to their family and that children can be blinded by the illness. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"If the mother has gonorrhea, her child may be blinded at birth :…

"Conventions Which Bring Freedom"
This poster encourages young women to socialize with young men around their family and friends. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Decent good times lead to more good times because they promote permanent friendships :…

"Conventions Which Protect"
This poster advises women where to seek out information when arriving in a new city. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""In A Strange City : For a suitable place to stay and for other information ask the "Traveler's Aid"…

"Danger In Familiarities"
This poster warns about being to familiar with the opposite sex. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""The Correct Dancing Position : Conventions are the fences society has built to protect you and the race : Familiarities…

"Fitness of Body and Mind"
This poster associates positive attributes with mental and physical fitness. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""Fitness of body and mind increases: Beauty Grace Friendships Self-respect Self-reliance Initiative Leadership…

"For A Happy Married Life"
The poster promotes abstinence and medical exams before marriage. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Love is essential, and mutual respect, common interests, and unselfish consideration are the foundations of love :…

Germs
This poster advises that a man who wants to engage in premarital sex may have venereal disease. It describes how gonococcal and syphilitic germs may be transmitted. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"A man who would…

Secretions
This poster discusses hormones. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"The secretion of the ovaries makes the girl grow into a woman : The secretion in the testes makes the boy grow into a man : The ovaries and testes also…

"The Happiness of Children"
This poster associates healthy children with parents who have avoided VD. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"A healthy, happy child is the greatest joy-bringer in the world : Healthy, happy children are born of fathers…

"Thoughts Affect The Body"
This poster advises young women to have positive thoughts. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"The sight or thought of food often causes a flow of gastric juices in the stomach : Anger of joy may mar or make the beauty…

True Friends
This poster advises young women that friends always adhere to respectful social boundaries.

"A true friend stimulates you to be your best self. He never asks you to grant liberties : true courtesy is born of respect for yourself and others : A…

VD Treatment
This poster describes the importance of treatment. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Gonorrhea and syphilis usually can be cured if treatment is given early enough by a reputable physician or at a clinic :…

"Cleaning the Windows Through Which Children View the World---"
This image juxtaposes two windows that represent society before and after life the promotion of social hygiene ideas. The "before" window reads "vulgar distortion of sex facts," "unsupervised amusements," "unsympathetic attitude of elders," and "low…

"Case Finding in Familial Syphilis and Prevention of Congenital Syphilis"
This chart diagrams the process of finding cases of syphilis within families and how to prevent congenital syphilis.

"Hare and Tortoise--Three Essentials of Syphilis Prevention"
This poster describes long- and short-term social hygiene programs.

"The Hare-Emergency Program: Treatment of every carrier of syphilis infection. The Tortoise-Long-Range Educational Program: Building in children and youth habits of self-control…
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