“Nurse the baby!” “Eat fruit!” “Syphilis is a menace to industry!” “Pneumonia strikes like a man-eating shark!” Those are just some of the headlines on health posters from the 1930s and 1940s government-funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of the New Deal agency created during the Great Depression. Besides building roads and other structures across the country, the WPA employed a slew of extremely talented artists to create posters warning of health issues plaguing the country at the time.
There would be simple reminders to do things like eat good foods and get screened for various conditions, and warnings not to spread syphilis to your family, a disease which could be deadly in the days before the proliferation of antibiotics.
Check out this stunning collection of vintage health posters:
Photo Source: Library of Congress/WPA Posters Collection