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 Diabetes; When the human engine does not properly burn its fuel". Metropolitan Life..c1925
Diabetes; When the human engine does not properly burn its fuel". Metropolitan Life..c1925
Price: $20.00

6 pp. Image of man fueling a furnace on front cover.   Discusses the fuel our bodies need, diabetes - its signs and causes, how insulin helps the diabetic and how to guard against diabetes.  One of the ways to guard against diabetes is "Infections of teeth, tonsils and other organs should be promptly treated and removed".   Hmmm..  Measures 7 3/4" x 5 3/8".. more info
 "Death is Waiting for You", A Fire Safety Blotter shows death near by. Ministry of Public Works.Quebec, Canada.1940s
"Death is Waiting for You", A Fire Safety Blotter shows death near by. Ministry of Public Works.Quebec, Canada.1940s
Price: $55.00

A fire-safety postcard distributed by the Ministry of Public Works in Quebec. The blotter is specifically warning against cooking fires. On the right side of the postcard is a black and white illustration of a woman cooking on the stove as she appears to be pouring something into the pan. Behind her, surrounded by smoke, is death (a skeleton) reaching out towards her. On the left side of the card is the phrase "De vous servez pas de petrole pour allumer ou raviver un feu car la mort vous guette", which roughly translates to "Do not use oil to light or rekindle a fire because death is waiting for you." Artist printed signature illegible. Measures 6" x 3".. more info
N. E. Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses Graduation Invite for the Missionary Nurses Class of 1905 . .Melrose, MA.1905
N. E. Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses Graduation Invite for the Missionary Nurses Class of 1905 . .Melrose, MA.1905
Price: $55.00

A three page invite for the graduating class of 1905 for the New England Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses. Located along the border between the two Massachusetts towns of Stoneham and Melrose, the sanitarium and nursing school were apart of a Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The sanitarium would later become known Boston Regional Medical Center before it closed in 1999. This formal invite to the graduation of the  class of 1905 has thick stock paper covers, with yellow string binding. The front cover of the program is has gilt school seal and text. The interior pages features the event details, the school motto- "Not I, But Christ"- and includes a list of graduates, eleven total- three men, and 8 women. Measures 5 1/4" x 4". more info
Kellogg's Story Book of Games: Book Number Four. Kellogg Company.Battle Creek.1931
Kellogg's Story Book of Games: Book Number Four. Kellogg Company.Battle Creek.1931
Price: $65.00

The four stories in the book each having a corresponding game that is somewhat connected to the narrative. 9 pages. Little Red Riding Hood has been altered to include Kellogg's corn flakes. There is a spinner board that is attached to the book and folds down in order to be used for all the games, along with six dots that can be punched out to be used as game players. The four stories included are Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Flying Trunk and Aladdin. Each story was one full page of text and one full page of illustration, which also doubled as the game board. The instructions for each came were written beneath the illustration. The only way to have gotten the book was through sending in a Kellogg's box top and ten cents. Measures 9 3/4" x 8".  . more info
 Osteopathic Health: Good Health to All this Dear, Vol 53 No. 1,  What Osteopathy Does for Women, etc.. American Osteopathic Assn,.Chicago, IL.10228
Osteopathic Health: Good Health to All this Dear, Vol 53 No. 1, What Osteopathy Does for Women, etc.. American Osteopathic Assn,.Chicago, IL.10228
Price: $65.00

A volume of the journal of Osteopathic Health that focuses on women's health and how osteopathy can help. Osteopathy is a system of medical practice based on the theory that diseases are mostly due to loss of structural integrity of the body which can be restored by careful manipulation. There are six articles in this volume entitled: Dr. [Andrew] Still's Words of Hope, The Price of New Lives, Osteopathy and Obstetrics, Osteopathy in Diseases of Women, Mechanical Causes of Woman's Ills, and What Osteopathy Does for Women. The front cover depicts and image of a man and a woman walking up the front stoop of a building. 24pp (including covers). Staple binding. OCLC-1 (Mar 2019). Measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2".. more info
 Give as a Mother Gives, A Charity Fund Booklet. Cleveland Community Fund.Cleveland, OH.1929
Give as a Mother Gives, A Charity Fund Booklet. Cleveland Community Fund.Cleveland, OH.1929
Price: $65.00

A booklet of the Cleveland Community Fund containing there annual report, list of charities helped, and the start of their 1929 annual community fund campaign. The Community Fund's goal was to help support organizations that "deemed by public opinion promotive of the well-being of this community." The booklet starts with a summary of last year's campaign, which brought in almost $4.6 million dollars, and continues on to describe some of the charities who benefited from that money, and how that money was used by them. Some of the charities mentioned were: the Salvation Army, Charity Hospital, and Children's Fresh Air Camp. This year, the fund is campaigning for $4.65 million dollars, and included in the booklet is the projected budget that includes a full list of the charities to be helped. Throughout the booklet are several black and white illustrations that illustrate the importance of mothers and charity, often with the campaign's slogan, 'Give as a Mother Gives' next to it. The last page of the booklet lists the current members of the Board of Trustees. The front cover depicts an illustration of a woman cradling a baby and kissing their forehead. This piece was done by the artist Hans Busch (1880-1954), an American painter. The Cleveland Community Fund is still in existence today under the name 'United Way of Greater Cleveland'. 6 pages (including wrapper). Illustrated wrapper. Staple binding. Measures 9" x 6". more info
Paul H. Huedepohl "Promoting and Conducting 'Learn-to-Swim' Campaigns" Informational Booklet. Jantzen Knitting Mills.Portland, OR.1933
Paul H. Huedepohl "Promoting and Conducting 'Learn-to-Swim' Campaigns" Informational Booklet. Jantzen Knitting Mills.Portland, OR.1933
Price: $65.00

A how-to guide for how to run a 'Learn to Swim' Campaign produced by Jantzen, a swim wear company founded in 1916 in Portland, OR. A 'Learn to Swim' Campaign was geared to helping individuals regards of age or gender learn how to swim in order to help both prevent drowning deaths and healthy exercise. The booklet takes the reader through how to get sponsors, advertise the campaign, the registration process, scheduling of classes, and final the teaching of the lessons themselves (including swimming tests and a certificate example). Through out the book are small black and white illustrations of forms such as registration cards and certificates as well as the examples of the different elements of the swimming lessons such as "Dead Man's Float" and the "Flutter Kick". Illustrated wraps. 24 pages. Staple binding. Two holes have been drilled on the top and bottom of the binding. No OCLC (Aug 2019). Measures 7"x 5". more info
 Pro-Choice, Pro-Clinton, Campaign Sign. NARAL-PAC..1992
Pro-Choice, Pro-Clinton, Campaign Sign. NARAL-PAC..1992
Price: $75.00

National Abortion Rights Action League Political Action League (NARAL-PAC) endorsed Presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992. This red, white and blue campaign sign is a result of that endorsement. It is a two-sided sign most likely meant to be held up at a politically rally so that one can see the sign from both the front and back. The sign states "Pro-Choice, Pro-Clinton", and on the bottom, in a small font it states "Paid for by the NARAL-PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. National Abortion Rights Action League." The sign has been dated by the NARAL acronym, since in 1993, it changed its name from the National Abortion Rights Action League (seen on the sign) to the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. Today it is known as NARAL Pro-Choice. Measures 24" x 12". Social History more info
 Haddon Hall, Health Baths for Men and Health Baths for Women Flyer. Chalfonte-Haddon Hall.Atlantic City, NJ.[1930]
Haddon Hall, Health Baths for Men and Health Baths for Women Flyer. Chalfonte-Haddon Hall.Atlantic City, NJ.[1930]
Price: $75.00

A single fold flyer, done in an art deco style, advertising Haddon Hall, a spa apart of the casino and resort known as Chalfonte-Haddon Hall. The cover of the flyer features a sun with its rays of light shinning down on two figures- a man and a woman each wrapped in a towel. The woman is on the front of the flyer while the man is on the back. The interior of the flyer lists the benefits of their health baths. These baths included  the use of 'super-sun', which was ultra violet light and infra red rays given out by specialized lamps. These lights were designed to give a 'healthily tan', much like modern day tanning beds. Two illustrations are at the base of the flyer, depicting a man getting a massage and a woman using the 'super-sun' lamps. Measures 8 3/4" x 3 3/4" (folded). more info
Torbett Sanatorium The Torbett Sanatorium Physician's Referral Card. .Marlin, TX .[1920]
Torbett Sanatorium The Torbett Sanatorium Physician's Referral Card. .Marlin, TX .[1920]
Price: $75.00

A physician's referral card for the Torbett Sanatorium, located in Marlin, TX. Founded in 1908 by John Walter Torbett, Sr (1871-1949) and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases. The institute had 100 baths, and was capable of running 400 baths daily. It also had various laboratories, x-ray capabilities, and employed physiotherapy methods. The institute is still in existence today, but it is now know as the Falls Community Hospital and Clinic. The referral card is double sided,  with a picture of the sanatorium on the front with a list of resident physicians. Uniquely for the times, there is a female physician on staff, a Dr. Mary L. Webber nee Wilson (1869-1948), who was head of "General Chronic Diseases and Gynecology". The back side of the card emphasizes that "a full staff of experience physicians always present". Below are a few blank lines for the name of the incoming patient and the doctor who send them. Below that is a humorous line warning individuals of scams. "BEWARE of 'Boosters' and Commission Men who will mislead you on trains and at hotels when you arrive. They don't work for free; the victim pays the bill." Measures 4" x 2 1/2". more info
Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House The Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House and the Falls Hotel Brochure. .Marlin, TX.[1920]
Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House The Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House and the Falls Hotel Brochure. .Marlin, TX.[1920]
Price: $75.00

An eight page folding brochure for the Buie Clinic and Hospital which was a sanitarium and bath house in Marlin, TX, which claimed to help cure a variety of chronic diseases. The baths of the sanitarium were connected to the 'Falls Hotel' via an underground tunnel. The water used in the baths was supposed similar to those found in European bath houses, and the brochure even features a comparative chemical analysis between Buie's waters and Carlsbad, Bohemia. The brochure features 8 images from photographs of the facilities, grounds and connecting hotel. The inside of brochure has a piece that folds out to list all the doctors who worked at the Clinic. Measures 6 1/4" x 1/4"  (folded),  13" x 1/2" (unfolded). more info
William Howard Hay The Hay Way to Health. Pocono Haven.Mount Pocono, PA.1936
William Howard Hay The Hay Way to Health. Pocono Haven.Mount Pocono, PA.1936
Price: $90.00

An 8 page booklet advertising "The Hay Way to Health", otherwise known as the Hay diet created by Dr. William Howard Hay (1866-1940). Hay was an American physician who was the owner and director of Pocono Haven, a sanatorium in Pennsylvania. The booklet describes Hay's thoughts on how to obtain good health, which according to him "depends on vital foods, fresh air, exercise, rest, sunshine, water, and recreation." The booklet continues on describe the treatments options available at Pocono Haven, in particular the  'Hay diet', which is a food combining diet that separates food into three groups: alkaline, acidic and neutral. Alkaline foods were carbohydrates such as rice, grains, and potatoes. Acidic food were the proteins, like meat, fish, and diary. Neutral food were vegetables and nuts. 8 pages, printed wrapper. Staple binding. Measures 6 1/4" x 3 3/4". more info
The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine Sanatorium: Greenwood Mountain. Tucker Printing Company .Portland.1905
The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine Sanatorium: Greenwood Mountain. Tucker Printing Company .Portland.1905
Price: $100.00

The booklet is intended to give an introduction to the Maine Sanatorium in the Greenwood Mountains. 32 pages, paper wrappers with a stapled binding. The Sanatorium was established for the treatment and cure of people with pulmonary diseases, specifically tuberculosis. There is a brief history of the Sanatorium, as well as a description of the premises and the amenities. There are also images from photographs throughout of areas like the dining room, the living spaces, and the sleeping place. Information regarding the prices and treatment plans are included as well. 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" . more info
The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases, The Maine Sanatorium: Greenwood Mountain, . Tucker Printing Company .Portland, ME.1905
The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases The Maine State Sanatorium Association for Pulmonary Diseases, The Maine Sanatorium: Greenwood Mountain, . Tucker Printing Company .Portland, ME.1905
Price: $100.00

The booklet is intended to give an introduction to the Maine Sanatorium in the Greenwood Mountains of Herbron, Maine. The Sanatorium was established for the treatment and cure of people with pulmonary diseases, specifically tuberculosis. There is a brief history of the Sanatorium, as well as a description of the premises and the amenities. There are also ten (10) printed photographs throughout of areas like the dining room, the living spaces, and the sleeping quarters. Information regarding the prices and treatment plans are included as well. 32 pages, illustrated paper wrappers with a stapled binding. Measures 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" . more info
Crane Sanitarium Crane Sanitarium Brochure. Wm H Gallo & Son, Printers.Chicago, IL.[1910]
Crane Sanitarium Crane Sanitarium Brochure. Wm H Gallo & Son, Printers.Chicago, IL.[1910]
Price: $115.00

A brochure for the Crane Sanitarium located in Elmhurst, IL, and founded by Milo A. Crane. The slogan of this sanitarium was "The place where sick people get well and the tired ones rest." The sanitarium sourced its water supply from Mammoth Mineral Springs, located only a few miles away from the town. The water was "highly charged with radium activity and also with sulphur [sic] and iron and many other mineral remedial agents of a nature so necessary for the health of the body." Mammoth Mineral Springs also supplied the water for the entire town of Elmhurst until it was depleted in 1916. While the mineral water was used for various forms of hydrotherapy, the sanitarium also provided other services such as a specialty diets- such as the milk cure-, massages, exercises and Swedish Medical Gymnastics. These treatments were specifically designed to help cure 'chronic non-contagious diseases' such as catarrh, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, nervous disorders of digestion, congested liver, liver atrophy, gastroptosis, enteroptosis, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, Bright's disease, bronchitis, and asthma. The sanitarium also has a variety of 'amusements and recreations' such as tennis and croquet. At the end of the brochure is a section about the Diamond Lake Sanitarium, which was a popular resort that was transformed into a sanitarium during the summer months to handle to overflow of persons wanting to stay at the Crane Sanitarium. The brochure has twelve pages of printed photographs- some pages have up to five printed photographs- and one black and white illustration of Diamond Lake Sanitarium. 24 pages, brown printed wrappers, staple binding. Measures 7 1/2" x 5 1/4" To view the item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9rN1bB1a3LPTRgzr6. more info
Wallace M. Rogerson A Women's Birthright, An Advertising Booklet for the "Wallace Method", a Weightloss Regiment Set to Music. .Chicago, IL.1942
Wallace M. Rogerson A Women's Birthright, An Advertising Booklet for the "Wallace Method", a Weightloss Regiment Set to Music. .Chicago, IL.1942
Price: $125.00

The Wallace method, was an exercise program set to music that was directed towards women to help them lose weight. The method was developed by Wallace M. Rogerson in the 1920s and he made records with titles like "Get Thin to Music" and "Keep Fit to Music" that were supposed to be used with phonographs. On his plan, one was supposed to exercise for twenty minutes every other day. This brochure starts with a photograph of Wallace himself and a short introduction to his newest exercise record. The rest of the booklet features a short essay- a rather condensing and sexist one-, testimonials and photographs of women who have lost weight on his program. The essay starts with "Beauty is a woman's right. The Woman who did not desire to be attractive to others would not be normal. And beauty is a normal condition. If more women realized this- there would be more beautiful women." It continues on with such gems as "If a woman is overweight, her first step toward beauty must be the natural disposal of excess flesh. Almost any other blemish may be concealed or softened. But not even distance can hide a bulky figure..." and "... few women are aware of the comparative ease and simplicity with which overweight may be corrected. Many go to dire lengths to accomplish reduction. This is a pity; for any method that entails hardship may be injurious to health." Many of the testimonials in rest of the booklet are from women who describe a large amount of weight loss on the exercise program, though one letter is from a husband who expresses his joy at his wife's weight loss. Several of the testimonials speak of what would now be considered radical and unhealthy weight loss, such a woman who lost over 50 lbs. in under three months, and several others who weight less than a hundred pounds. On the other side there are a few testimonials from women who have used Wallace's method in order gain needed weight, such as one woman who went from 105 lbs. and constantly sick and tired all the time to 118 lbs. and health and strong. The booklet contains nine (9) sets of before and after photographs. The cover of the booklet features a silhouette of a naked but slender woman along with the title "A Woman's Birthright". 20 pages. Printed tan wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 9" x 6". Wallace Matthew Rogerson was born on November 29, 1880 to Matthew M. Rogerson (1846-1928) and Rose "Rosa" Ellen Nolan (1856-1930) in Moline Rock, IL. He married Mary Veronica McGinnis (1886-1972) on August 6, 1906 and they had three children together: Wallace Matthew Rogerson Jr (1908-1972), Bruce St. John Rogerson(1911-1999) and Donald Jon Rogerson (1914-1971). At the time of this marriage he was a physical instructor at a local health school. With encouragement form his wife he started his own health school and program. He divorced Mary Veronica in 1918 with charges of infidelity on his side. He later remarried Susanna "Sue" Marie Hough (1891-1963). He died on February 24, 1943, in Chicago, IL. more info
 2 Pamphlets - "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update". AIDS Action Committee.Boston, MA.[1985]
2 Pamphlets - "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update". AIDS Action Committee.Boston, MA.[1985]
Price: $125.00

A pair of pamphlets, entitled "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update", both produced by the AIDS Action Committee, now known as AIDS Action. Original formed by Fenway Community Health as a response to the AIDS epidemic, AIDS Action has become New England's largest provider of services to both individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection. As both of these informational pamphlets were published before the scientific community fully understood AIDS, there isn't much information with hard scientific basis. What is notable though, is that while these pamphlets are largely aimed at homosexual men, they stress that AIDS can be transferred via sexual transmission and/or blood contact regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The Guidelines pamphlet particularly stresses that AIDS transmission is possible "through heterosexual relations. Female-to-male transmission as well as male-to-female". Additionally they make an effect to dispel some of the more erroneous assumptions about AIDS, such as that it can be transferred through physical contact such as hugging or urine contact during water sports. The backside of both pamphlets have a list of AIDS resources. Know About AIDS Measures 8 1/2" x 3 3/4" (folded), 11" x 8 1/2" (unfolded). Guidelines Measures: 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" (folded), 14" x 8 1/2" (unfolded). more info
Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases Milwaukee Sanitarium For Nervous and Mental Diseases. .Wauwatosa, WI.[1915]
Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases Milwaukee Sanitarium For Nervous and Mental Diseases. .Wauwatosa, WI.[1915]
Price: $135.00

A brochure for the Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases in Wauwatosa, WI. In the late 19th century, care for the mentally ill started to become more humane, and several states, including Wisconsin passed laws to fund humane state run mental hospitals. Due to their overcrowding, shortly there after, private run mental institutions began to crop up. The Milwaukee Sanitarium was founded in 1884 as one of these privately run mental health institutions. It was first run by Dr. James H. McBride, who believed that fresh air and open country were the best medicines to use to promote mental health. After McBride retired in 1895, Dr. Richard Dewey took over. The brochure, printed circa 1915, showcases the improvements made under Dewey's tenure, include the additions of a private "cottage system", training program for attendants, bath house, and a gymnasium with a zander apparatus- a machine designed for passive exercises such as vibratory treatment. The brochure features twenty-five (25) images from photographs of the grounds, facilities, patient rooms, and treatment rooms. At the back of the brochure is a section on the types of clothing and personal belongings patients are allowed to bring, as well as a short note on when and how friends and family can visit. The Milwaukee Sanitarium is still in business today, and in 1954 it changed its status from a for-profit institution, to a nonprofit, and is currently known as Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. 30 pages, printed wrappers, staple binding. Measures 6" x 4". more info
Norberto Sanchez Crack, Deadend Rush, A Poster Promoting a Hotline for Youth Substance Abuse. NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services.New York.1989
Norberto Sanchez Crack, Deadend Rush, A Poster Promoting a Hotline for Youth Substance Abuse. NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services.New York.1989
Price: $150.00

A poster advertising for Hotline Cares, a youth run hotline aimed at helping fellow teenagers with substance abuse. This poster is specifically targeting the youth who use cocaine, calling it a 'Deadend Rush." The poster was designed by Norberto Sanchez and features a black and white design. In the background there are various landscapes and cityscapes, along with a street sign that says "One Way". A young, physically fit boy stands at the center with an oversized crack pipe in front of him. The circular base of the crack pipe depicts two men, decrepit with animal-like claws for their feet and hands. This imagery is meant to be a metaphor for the dangers of cocaine use. At the base of the poster is the hotline number is listed with the tag line "Youth Helping You". This poster was made by the NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services. Measures 24 1/2" x 19. more info
Bethesda Sanatorium Bethesda Sanatorium, an Advertising Folding Brochure. The Smith-Brooks Press.Denver, CO.1917
Bethesda Sanatorium Bethesda Sanatorium, an Advertising Folding Brochure. The Smith-Brooks Press.Denver, CO.1917
Price: $150.00

An eight page folded brochure for Bethesda Sanatorium, a Christian Institution specializing on the treatment of tuberculosis. Located in Denver, CO, overlooking the Rocky Mountains, the institution sits at about five thousand feet above sea level. This high altitude, that is 'light and dry' was supposedly "not so irritating to the respiratory tract, and [it] gives a better opportunity for healing of the diseased tissues." What is interesting about this sanatorium in particular is that it stresses that "the institution is not a hospital in any sense of the word. The Sanatorium is a Health University, where patients are taken and taught methods of living by which they are able to effect an arrest of the disease." Most of the sanatoriums around this time consistently made claims that they could 'cure' all types of diseases, including tuberculosis, rather than stressing teaching their patients how to manage and live with chronic diseases. The brochure also includes nine (9) printed photographs of the facility, grounds and staff. 8 folding pages. The institution is still open today, but is now known as the Bethesda Christian Counseling Midwest, Inc. Measures 9" x 4" (folded), 16" x 9" (unfolded). more info
Sample Temperance Calendar - My Boy's Future - Wet or Dry? I must decide for him 1918. Messenger Publishing Co..Chicago ILL.1917
Sample Temperance Calendar - My Boy's Future - Wet or Dry? I must decide for him 1918. Messenger Publishing Co..Chicago ILL.1917
Price: $250.00

A seven page calendar, printed on both sides. A 15 3/4" x 7" calendar with medal top binding and braided string hanger printed on polished stock. The front cover depicts a color illustration of a mother peeking through currents at her toddler son playing with blocks It is captioned "My Boy's Future (Home Town State) WET OR DRY? I must decide for him". Each calendar pages have page has a two color illustration juxtaposing a "dry" person or function with a "wet" person.  e.g. "He chose temperance and owns the freight" "He chose the saloon and wheels the freight".  Each followed by supporting scripture or similar quote. Followed by two calendar months.  The reverse of each calendar page contains extensive narrative including graphs and charts on the impacts of temperance vs. intemperance. Much editorializing and opinion.  The final back page is the status of temperance by state in 1917.. more info
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
Price: $500.00

A 17 1/2" x 14" hand drawn poster about child labor. The poster features an image of Uncle Sam hold his top hat in hand and looking down on a small stunted tree that is growing out of a rocky landscape. On a rock near by the tree is the wood 'labor' and on the tree trunk itself is the wood 'childhood'. At the base of the poster is a pasted-on quote, “As the twig is bent.” The quote is derived from Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons, published in 1732 “Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.” This saying is often misquoted as “As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” or “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” It is meant to extoll on the idea that early influences have a permanent effect and more importantly that the effects of parental, environmental and peer influences can have a huge impact on a young molding mind and will shape who they are and how they act later in life. In this instance, in the context of child labor, it is meant to make the viewer reflect on how hard labor can permanent effect a child. The image itself is drawn in black charcoal with a blue color pencil beneath that was used during the first sketch of the images. It is signed Batchelder. On the back of the poster, it is stamped “PUP Dec 2 1934.”  Edge wear. more info