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Social Hygiene: 1922

Social Hygiene: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Social Hygiene Society exhibit." The Women's Bureau photos in our two previous posts were used in this exhibit. Which is, in case we haven't mentioned it, FREE -- so come in, won't you? View full size.


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For me, as I look at this image close-up, it reminds me of some sort of David Lynch nightmare.

Hygiene to Be Explained

Washington Post, Jan 5, 1922

Hygiene To Be Explained

Separate Hours for Men and Women at 1222 F Street.

A social hygiene exhibit under the joint auspices of the District health department, United States public health service and the Social Hygiene Society of the District, will be held at 1222 F street northwest for one week, beginning Monday morning at 10 o'clock.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily the exhibit will be open to men only and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to women only. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. there will be mixed audiences. At the evening meetings motion pictures will be shown and there will be prominent speakers.

Washington Post, Nov 12, 1922

Hygiene Exhibit to he Held

Planned for Three Weeks, Beginning Wednesday.

A free social hygiene exhibit under the auspices of the District health department will be opened next Wednesday at 512 Ninth street northwest, Dr. William C. Fowler, health officer said yesterday. It will be continue for three weeks, daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cooperating with the health department is the United States public health service and the Social Hygiene society of Washington.

The exhibit will be held to show the importance of treatment for diseases and how they may be prevented. Motion pictures will be shown.

This could happen to YOU!

The appearance of the people inside is creeping me out big time! I'm guessing that the guard-like people on small pedestals are actually mannequins. The one on the left has an impossibly long neck and appears to be about to do something with an object that one should not be doing in full public view.

The people seated look like they might be real. They also look like they are strapped in at an angle and some have some odd headgear.

Is this a Social Hygiene exhibit or a House of Horrors?

I like how the man outside on the far right appears to be beaming down from an episode of "Mad Men."

That display

Is that a slide viewer, or some early form of TV?

[See the comment below. - Dave]

AV Club

Note the TV-ish opaque projector in the window display. Similar to the one seen here on Shorpy.

House of Detention

Bathing is compulsory! Click to embiggen.

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