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Visual Culture and Health Posters

Title:
"We All Share the Same Air" [Environmental Health]
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Description:
This 1977 poster illustrates two common techniques in public health advertisements: 1) using a simple photograph of a child to appeal to the adult viewer's sense of accountability; and 2) changing the photograph and content of the poster while preserving the basic style and layout, frequently in an attempt to make a connection with different segments of the viewing population. Without reading the text, this poster featuring a photograph of a smiling child might address any number of topics. This is part of the attempt to catch the interest of viewers and encourage them to read the text. The message in the headline introduces the issue of air pollution and speaks to the viewer in first person plural in order to create the sense that "we're all in this together." The hopeful smile of the child in the poster is combined with the expectation of compliance in the text. While the headline "We all share the same air" could reflect a message of general accountability, the caption beneath the photograph targets the smoker by thanking them "for not smoking." Even here, however, the language is suggestive and encouraging rather than domineering or condescending.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (702,809 Bytes)
Date:
1977
Creator:
American Lung Association
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: A024938
Publisher:
American Lung Association
Rights:
Reprinted with permission c2003 American Lung Association. For more information on how you can support to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., please contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or logon to the Web site at:
URL: http://www.lungusa.org/Exit
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Air Pollution
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Air Pollution
Exhibit Category:
Environmental Health
Relation:
Metadata Record Let's Fight Air Pollution (1977) jpg (588,997 Bytes)
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Metadata Record "We All Share the Same Air" [Anti-Smoking Campaigns] (1977) jpg (702,809 Bytes)
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Unique Identifier:
VCBBDB
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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