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Exhibit: Food and Nutrition Posters

5 July 2012 - 3:32pm by Susan Wheeler

On view June 22through September 17 in the Medical Library Foyer.


Avoid Fatigue: Eat a Lunch that Packs a Punch! 1943
Published by the War Food Administration
United States Department of Agriculture
Gift of George M. Smith 1943

During World War II, responsible food habits were promoted as a contribution to the war effort by the U.S. government.

The Eat to Beat the Devil series published in 1942 by Servel, Inc., makers of the gas refrigerator, fostered the idea of “eating for victory” and promoted good nutrition as an expression of patriotism.

Eat to Beat the Devil 1942  
Published by Servel, Inc.
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2007

Exhibit: Grant Wood's "Family Doctor" and More

2 July 2012 - 2:39pm by Susan Wheeler

"Family Doctor" by Grant Wood and Works by Other Mid 20th Century American Artists

on view  June 22-September 17 in the library hallway

Grant Wood's iconic lithograph "Family Doctor," for which he used his personal physician as a model, is currently on view with twelve other prints and drawings by American artists.  

"Family Doctor" by Grant Wood, 1940

"Children's Ward" by Robert Riggs, c.1940

Exhibit: Maternity Care in Pictures

21 June 2012 - 11:58pm by Susan Wheeler

Maternity Care in Pictures:  
A Portfolio of 31 Teaching Charts Showing Safe Maternity Care, 1939

Published by the Maternity Center Association

on view June 22 through September 17 in the Cushing Rotunda.

This set of small posters, shown in its entirety, was designed for parenting classes, waiting rooms, and formal exhibits.  Many of the posters employed “photomontage” which combined a photographic image with a drawn background—a “modern” graphic technique which served to reinforce the “modern” message. 

The Maternity Center Association in New York developed the first classes for expectant parents as part of comprehensive maternity services.   In 1938, it offered the first classes for fathers. 

The well- worn set was transferred in 2009 to the Historical Library from the open stacks where it was spotted by a member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services.  The set is now quite rare--one of four in World Cat, the largest public access online library catalog.

This set is available online in the Cushing\Whitney Medical Digital Library.

U.S. Food Administration Posters from World War I

10 October 2011 - 3:53pm by Susan Wheeler

On View in the Library Corridor through January 6

Selections from the Historical Collections

L.C. Clinker and M.J. Dwyer

Don’t Waste Food While Others Starve! c.1918
Lithograph printed by Heywood Strasser and Voight Lithograph Company, New York, for the U.S. Food Administration
Purchased through the Lucia P. Fulton Fund 2010

Harvey T. Dunn U.S.A. 1884-1952

Victory is a Question of Stamina, 1917
Lithograph printed by Latham Lithograph and Printing Company, Brooklyn, New York for the U. S. Food Administration
Purchased through the Lucia P. Fulton Fund 2010

Anti-Drug and AIDS Awareness Posters

10 October 2011 - 3:20pm by Susan Wheeler

Anti-Drug and AIDS Awareness Posters from the 1980’s and 1990’s

On View in the Library Foyer through January 6

Selections from the Historical Collections

Andrej PagowskiPolish b. 1953

                Narkotyki to gówno [Drugs are Shit]
                Published for Fundacja Wspierania Tworzcosci, Kultury i Sztuke
                ARS [Foundation for Supportof Culture, Art, and Creativity]
                Purchased through the Madeline E. Stanton Fund 2008


GANG (a New York art collective)

after Leo Burnett (creator of the Marlboro Man, 1954)

AIDS Crisis
Warning:  While Bush spends billions playing cowboy, 37 million North Americans don’t have health insurance.  A North American dies of AIDS every eight minutes.

Published by ACT UP 1990
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2005

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