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Collection of Health and Wellness Materials

Posters, postcards, even postage stamps — public awareness and lifestyle modification activities aimed at preventing disease utilised multiple channels. This collection includes materials from many former Soviet Republics and the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China.

The materials featured in this collection came about in response to epidemics, as a means of facilitating the health of pregnant women, nurses and children, combating addictions, encouraging personal hygiene, and mitigating occupational health issues. Some of the earliest items were issued in the early 20th century.

A yellow poster with a dad in the bottom right corner with a big bottle and a cigarette in his mouth. Above his red letters is written

Poster "Dad!". Artist Edgars Skujiņš. Riga: Central Committee of the Red Cross Society of the Latvian SSR. 1975. 90 x 60 cm. PSMHM collection: 6738 A

A card that shows from left to right, the aging of a man from alcoholism in the top row, and from left to right, the changes in his kidney caused by alcohol in the bottom row.

Card "The Drunkard's Life" in Swedish. The artist is unknown. Linköping: Östergötland Museum Publishing House. 20th century 90s. 10.5 x 15 cm. PSMHM collection: MVM 49051 Tdaž 793

The cover features a woman looking over her right shoulder with the text

Card "Cervical cancer prevention for all women". The artist is unknown. Riga: Vaccination Center. 2007. 14.7 x 10.4 cm. PSMHM collection: MVMp 24609 Tp 956

A flyer illustrating 6 fresh air activities for children, with the text above them

Leaflet "Fresh air even for the little ones!". The art editor is unknown. Riga: Latvian Children's Aid Union. 1930. 35.2 x 25 cm. PSMHM collection: MVMp 17062 Tp 239

Poster comically depicting 6 types of condoms (from top): wool; orange plastic; similar to a mitten; tube-like and then a regular condom.

"Since the year 2000, enjoy the progress of technology" poster in French. The artist is unknown. Bern: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, AIDS Help Center. 21st century beginning. 47 x 32 cm. PSMHM collection: MVM 50609/1 Tpl 248/1

The poster depicts the silhouettes of a nude man and woman in a brown shade, with the text

"The will to live" poster in Finnish. Artist unknown. Helsinki: Finnish AIDS Council. 1990s. 80 x 60 cm. PSMHM collection: MVM 45891 Tpl 143

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