Library of Public Health Posters

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I have a short article on this in the new issue of Reason: The NIH has a fun library of online public health posters from all over the world, going back to the early 20th century. You can spend hours browsing through them. A few of my favorites:

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15 Responses to “Library of Public Health Posters”

  1. #1 |  Aaron | 

    “L’alcool tue” translates as “alcohol kills”.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Remember the scene in the movie, Matrix, where Morpheus holds up the “copper top” battery as he explains to Neo the role humans play in their world?

    That’s us. Copper tops.

    Humans are but a resource, a crop, to the feudal ruling class. They harvest the fruits of our labor and systematically pump us full of propaganda about how free we are and how our government takes care of us. These posters are just part of that indoctrination in that they instruct us how to properly maintain their bodies. Oh, you thought it was your body, huh? Sorry.

    Oh, by the way, since we’re dispelling illusions, there is no Santa Claus, either.

  3. #3 |  albatross | 

    Okay, that “take matters into your own hands” is the best anti-STD poster ever. But I bet there’s an anti-masturbation public health poster somewhere out there, and it would be fun to see them side-by-side….

  4. #4 |  B | 

    Wait, you used an NIH resource to pen an amusing short feature?

    Some libertarian…I bet you’d call the fire department too. ;)

    (blargh Koch brothers blargh blargh)

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    There’s another poster that says “Do you talk about AIDS on the first date?”

    That’s one way to break the ice.

  6. #6 |  Mike H | 

    I love how you’ve grouped pregnancy with syphilis and alcoholism.

  7. #7 |  KochSister | 


    That’s some hardcore Libertarian masturbation material. You mad bro?

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “L’alcool tue” translates as “alcohol kills”.

    Looks more like PCP to me.
    Zoom in on that photo, obvious pandering with the infants.
    Also, on closer inspection, some serious subliminal death imagery.
    Anyone else see the horse skull?

  9. #9 |  Andrew S. | 

    That “take matters into you own hands” one may be the greatest thing ever.

  10. #10 |  Jon Gray | 


    I’m pretty sure that rant was ripped off from the kid at my high school with dyed black hair, an “Anarchy” patched sewn on his black trench coat, a tattered copy of “A Brave New World” and a fresh pack of Marlboros.

  11. #11 |  the innominate one | 

    Agreed on the batin’ poster. In fact, I’ll be in my bunk.

  12. #12 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Um, is that big studly “sailor” whose “Healthy skin keeps him on the job” supposed to be a stripper or hustler? I really can’t think of another explanation that makes sense, especially seeing how his pants are unbuttoned.

  13. #13 |  ravenshrike | 

    What the VD poster doesn’t tell you is that it’s grandma’s test results and she lost her reading glasses.

  14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #7 and #10,

    Just tellin’ it like it is.

  15. #15 |  Joe | 

    Take matters into your own hands, indeed!