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.

Poster in Ukrainian “Where there is cleanliness – there are no flies”. Unknown artist. Kharkov and Odessa, 1932.

Poster in Russian “The struggle for pupils’ health – the struggle for general education”. Artist K. Lebedev. Moscow and Leningrad, 1931.

Poster in Russian “Flu is highly contagious. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a mask”. Artist V. A. Stepanov. Moscow, 1965.

Poster in Russian “How to care for a child”. Artist S. Yaguzhisky. Leningrad, 1925.


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