Stock ID #170403 結核予防. [Kekkaku yobō]. [Tuberculosis Prevention Poster]. KITAJIMA, ARTIST.

結核予防. [Kekkaku yobō].
[Tuberculosis Prevention Poster].

東京. [Tokyo]. 内務省社会局保険部. [Naimu-shō Shakai-kyoku Hoken-bu]. (Circa 1925). Stock ID #170403

Large coloured lithographed poster, 108 x 79cm. Poster has been folded and is now creased but still very striking. Scarce.

This Japanese government poster was published to raise awareness for the prevention of tuberculosis. It bears the campaign slogan "Train your body!" in Japanese. The artists style is strong and dynamic as the young men wrestle like sumo wrestlers while in the background an industrial area with smoking chimneys can be seen. The poster was produced by the Japanese Department of Public Health of the Social Welfare Agency in Ministry of Interior in the 1920s.

Tuberculosis was a serious disease in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s continuing to plague the country through until the end of the Pacific War. Its impact was such that it became known as the "nation ruining disease". Infection was severe particularly among the factory workers where conditions were poor and they worked and slept in crowded conditions. During the 1930s, the patient numbers increased to 1.3 million (2% of the population) and over 130,000 people died. To try to combat this the government carried out numerous public health campaigns for disease prevention of which this poster is an example.

This dramatic poster is aimed at young men working in factories hoping to inspire them to remain healthy and keep fit. The artist signed as Kitajima on the poster unfortunately we have not been able to locate any information about him. Scarce, we could find no libraries which hold this.

When referring to this item please quote stockid 170403.

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