Vintage posters have long been hip wall art. You often see them in cool cafes, hanging on loft walls, being sold for hundreds at flea markets. But what about a vintage poster that warns against the dangers of venereal disease? Or, would you hang a historical ad for Andrew’s “Inner Cleanliness” on your living room wall?

Title: Easy to Get... Syphilis and Gonorrhea by Charles Casa, U.S. Navy; U.S. Office of War Information, Date: 1943, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library. Yale University

And, most importantly, does a poster about eating fruits and veggies in an effort to defeat Hitler earn me street cred on my lifelong journey towards ultimate Hipster-status?

Title: EAT to beat the devil, 1942, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library. Yale University

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University has a collection of historical medical posters now available for perusal online. This collection of posters spans centuries, countries, and various health issues.

Many of the posters tackle some intense health issues (some that are still relevant today), but I can’t help but giggle at a majority of them.

This collection is INCREDIBLE (educational AND entertaining) and totally worth a browse. Check it out online!
And maybe pick out a nice Typhoid poster for your entry way…

Title: Andrews for Inner Cleanliness, Date: ca. 1950, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library. Yale University

Title: They Don't Wear Labels, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library. Yale University

– Annie Erling Gofus

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