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Title:
At the Gates: Our Safety Depends on Official Vigilance
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Description:
This photo print of a wood engraving from Harper's Weekly in 1885 illustrates another forum for public health images provided by the creation of the magazine as a form of mass media in the late-nineteenth century. The image demonstrates disease in metaphorical terms, a technique commonly used by later poster artists. In this case, the shrouded and skeletal specters representing cholera, yellow fever, and smallpox recoil in fear as an angel holding a sword and shield emblazoned with the word "cleanliness" blocks their way through the quarantine barrier at the Port of New York. Over the years serpents, skulls, monsters, thieves, and even extraterrestrial figures have been used as representations of disease. The discoveries by microbiologists inspired new visual metaphors for disease in the 19th century, such as anthropomorphic germs and grotesque bacteria.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (1,092,067 Bytes)
Date:
1885
Creator:
Unknown
Source:
Periodical: "At the Gates: Our Safety Depends on Official Vigilance." Harper's Weekly, (1885). Photographic Print. Slide. 1 Image.
Original Repository: History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection
This image may also be accessed from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/ihm/
IHM Order Number: A012795
Publisher:
Harper & Row
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Cholera
Yellow Fever
Smallpox
Public Health
Exhibit Category:
Brief History
Unique Identifier:
VCBBBB
Document Type:
Photographic prints
Slides (photographs)
Language:
English
Format:
image/jpeg
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2010-06-03
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