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WWI Social Hygiene Posters

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WWI Social Hygiene Posters

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These items are posters from World War I. In terms of numbers, public health visuals were much more limited until the 1920s. The use of propaganda during the war, the growth of advertising afterwards, and the use of posters by the New Deal, and the increasing visual nature of American culture all contributed to the greater use of visuals within public health efforts after WWI.

Items in the WWI Social Hygiene Posters Collection

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It features the image of a wife or sweetheart to emphasize continence.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It invokes the family who awaits them at home to emphasize continence.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. An image of Uncle Same warns that VD can threaten the war effort.

This social hygiene poster shows a serviceman in a hospital bed who has been sidelined because of VD. The line "Not in the Line of Duty" refers to the fact that soldiers who were ill due to venereal disease were not considered to be injured in the…

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