[Health Calendar for Wisconsin Schools]


Fold out broadsheet published as part of an anti-tuberculosis campaign aimed at schools in Wisconsin.

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By the late 19th century, tuberculosis (or consumption) had killed an estimated 1 in 7 people that have ever lived. Experiments in the 1890’s proved the disease was highly contagious, and public awareness campaigns began to spring up in the early 1900’s.

This sheet was issued in the April, 1929 edition of The Crusader Magazine, a publication sponsored by the Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis campaign. It was designed to be hung in schools throughout the state. One side presents a thirty day calendar and includes simple illustrations of famous individuals born in April, along with reminders to “let your doctor decide” about your prognosis. Early testing was encouraged in order to isolate those with TB in special “sanitariums” that were constructed specifically for the purpose of hosting patients.

The verso is host to a somewhat spiteful moral story about Sniffling Sam and Jolly Joe and how “it pays to keep the health rules.” The sheet is a separate fold out from the accompany pamphlet, which is fifteen pages long and includes motivational success stories and helpful hints for local programs. Published in Milwaukee by the Wisconsin Cuneo Press. An interesting remnant of one of the most successful public health movements in the history of the United States.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1928

Author: Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis League

Sheet Width (in): 16.00

Sheet Height (in): 22.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor creasing along fold lines and a few extraneous crinkles in the calendar sheet. The accompanying copy of the Crusader magazine is in excellent condition.