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Title:
The Next to Go: Fight Tuberculosis
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Description:
Dire financial pressures faced by operators of sanatoriums in the United States led to the Christmas Seal campaign, a fundraising effort begun by American Red Cross worker Emily Bissell in 1907. Since that time, Christmas Seals have become the official source of fundraising revenue for the battle against TB. This 1919 poster from the Red Cross promised that tuberculosis would be "The Next to Go." The illustration shows the protector of the family pushing the dreaded visitor out the door. The shrouded image of tuberculosis is comparable to the depiction of disease from the Harper's Weekly 1885 photo print at the beginning of this exhibit. In the earlier image, however, the sword-wielding angel of cleanliness vanquished the disease, whereas here the overall-wearing man of the house pushes TB out of the door like he might do to an unwanted intruder. The nurse, meanwhile, simply looks on while comforting the family. Her uniform bears the emblem of the Christian double-barred cross. A modification of the Cross of Lorraine, commandeered during the First Crusade in 1099, it became the official symbol of the anti-TB "crusade" in 1920.
NOTE: Slide of original poster image is slightly blurry.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (756,715 Bytes)
Date:
1919
Creator:
American Red Cross
Source:
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: A027708
Publisher:
[American Red Cross]
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Tuberculosis
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Tuberculosis
Exhibit Category:
Infectious Disease
Unique Identifier:
VCBBBL
Document Type:
Posters
Slides (photographs)
Language:
English
Format:
image/jpeg
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2010-06-03
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