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Visual Culture and Health Posters

Title:
Man Made Killer
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Description:
This poster was created by the World Health Organization, which first took a public position against smoking in the 1970s and subsequently helped countries develop a national plan of action against smoking worldwide. The contrast between the black and white photograph and the color background in this poster reflects the contradictory meanings conveyed by image and text. The poster uses phrasing to challenge the cultural meaning conveyed by the act of smoking. The image of an anonymous and partially lit face in profile, with a hand holding a cigarette up to the lips, evokes the allure and slightly illicit sexiness frequently associated with cigarette smoking in advertising and film. Meanwhile, the bold red lettering expresses an opposite message--that cigarettes are man made killers. There is also a unifying message between image and text, tied to a common theme in commercial advertising: consumer choice. The poster tells the viewer that they can escape the fate tied to the behavior depicted.
NOTE: Slide of original poster image is blurry.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (772,409 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
1980s
Creator:
World Health Organization
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: A024962
Publisher:
World Health Organization
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the World Health Organization.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Smoking Cessation
Smoking
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
The Smoker
Exhibit Category:
Anti-Smoking Campaigns
Unique Identifier:
VCBBDW
Document Type:
Posters
Slides (photographs)
Language:
English
Format:
image/jpeg
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Poor
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2016-06-03
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