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American Social Health Association WWII Poster
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American Social Hygiene Association

 

At the beginning of the twentieth century venereal disease was a prevalent concern for social health organizations.  These entries reflect the history and some of the activities of the American Social Health Organization and its growth into becoming today’s American Social Hygiene Association.

 


  • American Social Health AssociationIn 1913, several organizations dedicated to fighting prostitution and venereal disease joined together to form the American Social Hygiene Association (ASHA).
  • American Social Hygiene Association (1946)Incorporation of the American Social Hygiene Association as “a national voluntary non-profit membership organization” took place in 1914. The purpose of this Association shall be to acquire and diffuse knowledge of this established principles and practices and of any new methods which promote, or give assurance of promoting, social health.
  • American Social Hygiene Association History and a Forecast This entry is an extensive history of the early years of the American Social Hygiene Association. The exact date of the report is not known; however, it is sometime immediately after World War I.
  • American Social Hygiene Association Posters for BoysImages from the "Keep Fit" posters designed to educate young males on physical and moral fitness.
  • American Social Hygiene Association Posters for GirlsThe “Youth and Life” posters were designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urge them to embrace moral and physical fitness. It was adapted in 1922 by the American Social Hygiene Association from “Keeping Fit,” a similar series for boys and young men.
  • American Social Hygiene Association Relationship to Community Welfare"The American Social Hygiene Association...extends its service to individuals and to private and public organizations interested in any phase of social hygiene work. For practical administration, it is divided into five departments: legal measures, medical measures, protective measures, recreational measures, educational measures, and public information."
  • American Social Hygiene Association: Keeping Fit Posters I (1919)"Keeping Fit" was a 48-poster series produced by the American Social Hygiene Association in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Service and the YMCA in 1919. It was designed to educate teenage boys and young men about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace moral and physical fitness. A parallel series, "Youth and Life" was designed for girls and young women.
  • American Social Hygiene Association: Keeping Fit Posters II (1919)"Keeping Fit" was a 48-poster series produced by the American Social Hygiene Association in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Service and the YMCA in 1919. It was designed to educate teenage boys and young men about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace moral and physical fitness. A parallel series, "Youth and Life" was designed for girls and young women.
  • American Social Hygiene Association: Youth and Life Posters (1922)The “Youth and Life” posters were designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urge them to embrace moral and physical fitness. It was adapted in 1922 by the American Social Hygiene Association from “Keeping Fit,” a similar series for boys and young men.
  • Milestones in Social HygieneBy Anna Garlin Spencer. Through the consolidation of the American Federation for Sex Hygiene, the American Vigilance Association (which was the later name for the American Vigilance Committee) the American Purity Alliance, and other agencies for social service, the present American Social Hygiene Association came into existence in 1914.
  • The March Against Commercialized Prostitution: 1886-1949An informal chronicle of national and international events contributing to progress in this field of social hygiene.