A Collection of 20 Vintage Soviet Health Propaganda Posters

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The USSR really cared about its citizens – well at least about their health – because if they were not strong and healthy, they wouldn’t be productive members of the proletariat!

1. Soviet authorities regulated all spheres of human life in the country – starting from the very beginning – child birth. There were strict rules about how to feed, wash and take care of a baby. One of the most famous posters says “Our children should not be ill with diarrhea” and offers advice on how to keep baby’s and young children’s dishes clean.

G.K.Shubina

2. The Soviets also cared about women’s health a lot – because they wanted them to stay healthy and not take time off work. And actually those posters were sometimes the only source of information for young women. “Are you taking care of your nipples? Temper them with cold water every day.”

P.Bukhmetiev

3. Actually tempering – or building up immunity – was one of the most popular methods of applying Soviet medicine. It was believed that it helped prevent many disorders, especially colds. Kids in Soviet kindergartens took naps outside even in the freezing cold. “If you want to be healthy – temper yourself!”

Koretski

4. “Prevent ‘flu spreading!” People were asked to call the doctor and not to go to work in case of ‘flu to guard against infecting others.

Archive photo

5. In the early Soviet period – and particularly during the war, Soviet officials had to combat low levels of education, so they had to warn people: “Don’t drink untreated water”.

Wellcome Collection (CC BY 4.0)

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