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Before WebMD and push notifications, these posters communicated everything from children's healthcare to war time safety.  

Poster promoting safety in the workplace, Pennsylvania, 1936.  (National Journal)
Poster showing men with an American founding father in the background, New York, date unknown (somewhere between 1935 and 1943).  (National Journal)
Poster promoting cleanliness and proper child care, New York, 1939.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting safety procedures during civil defense air raid drills, New York, between 1941 and 1943. (National Journal)
Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, showing a soldier with a finger to his lips, Missouri, 1943.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting proper child care, New York, 1938.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting cleanliness, 1939.  (National Journal)
Poster for the Cleveland Division of Health encouraging dog bite victims to report dog bites to the proper authorities, Ohio, 1941.  (National Journal)
Poster encouraging citizens to be mindful of careless talk and to let the military speak for the nation, California, 1943.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting safety in the workplace, Pennsylvania, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster for democracy, Ohio, 1940.  (National Journal)
Poster for Cleveland Division of Health promoting swimming as healthy exercise, Ohio, 1940.  (National Journal)
Poster encouraging safety in the workplace, Pennsylvania, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster encouraging visitors to parks to clean up after themselves, Ohio, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster for National Park Service, 1940.  (National Journal)
Poster for the United States Travel Bureau promoting tourism, New York, 1939.  (National Journal)
Poster warning of the dangers of playing with firecrackers, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster for United States Travel Bureau promoting travel to Montana, 1939.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting education and civic activity, date unknown (somewhere between 1936 and 1941). (National Journal)
Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, Missouri, 1943.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting planned housing as a method to deter crime in the slums, New York, 1936.  (National Journal)
Poster for Works Progress Administration encouraging laborers to gain confidence from their work, New York, date unknown (somewhere between 1936 and 1941).  (National Journal)
Poster showing Statue of Liberty, aircraft carrier, and bi-planes in flight. (National Journal)
Poster for Thirteenth Naval District, United States Navy, date unknown (1940 or 1941). (National Journal)
Poster in Spanish showing a man lying on the sidewalk next to an automobile crashed into a lamp post, Illinois, 1942. (National Journal)
Poster promoting better health care through early treatment of cancer, New York, 1938.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting better health care, New York, 1939.  (National Journal)
Poster about tuberculosis in children and methods of transmission, New York, 1941.  (National Journal)
Poster promoting planned housing as a method to deter disease in cities, New York, date unknown (somewhere between 1936 and 1938).  (National Journal)
Poster about the possible hazards resulting from vandalism, New York, 1937. (National Journal)
Poster promoting occupations that require a background in mathematics, such as mathematics teacher, calculating machine operator, mechanical engineer, accounting auditor bookkeeper, or actuary statistician, Ohio, date unknown (somwhere between 1936 and 1941).  (National Journal)
Poster recommending eye examinations for children having difficulty learning, New York, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster suggesting careless communication about ship departures may be harmful to the war effort, Louisiana, 1943.  (National Journal)
Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, Louisiana, 1943.  (National Journal)
Poster showing continents of North America and South America, New York, date unknown (somewhere between 1935 and 1943). (National Journal)
Poster promoting proper dietary habits, Pennsylvania, 1938.  (National Journal)
Poster encouraging pedestrians to obey the laws, Pennsylvania, 1937. (National Journal)
Poster showing whiskey bottle, gas pump, and a skull, Pennsylvania, 1937. (National Journal)
Poster promoting the zoo as a place to visit, Pennsylvania, 1937.  (National Journal)
Poster for the United States Travel Bureau promoting tourism, 1939.  (National Journal)

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