New York: National Child Welfare Association, 1923. First edition. The National Child Welfare Association published the present posters during the height of the Progressive Movement in America. They illustrate the importance of health eating for children, based on recent innovations in nutrition science, and would have been used as teaching tools. Includes posters one, two, and five of a larger set, though we were unable to determine how many posters were originally included in the series. With lovely half-page color illustrations by Fanny L. Warren and verse by Mary S. Haviland. Some light creasing at corners and small holes from removed tacks. A very good, bright example of these rare posters. Printed card stock richly illustrated in color. Three posters, 11 in. by 16 in. Item #16850
The Progressive Movement focused on federal welfare programs and was responsible for mother’s pension laws, forerunners of the Social Security Act; and the founding of the National Child Labor Committee. The Children’s Bureau, a federal agency that focuses exclusively on children’s welfare, was also a result of the movement; its first chief, Julia Lathrop (1858 – 1932), was the first woman selected by a President to head a federal agency (Children’s Bureau website).
Mary S. Haviland and Fanny L. Warren frequently collaborated on materials for the National Child Welfare Association. The poster sets Nursery Rhymes for Healthy Habits (1921 – 1922), Children from Many Lands (1923), and In Hearts too Young for Enmity (1923) all featured illustrations by Warren and verse by Haviland. The latter two sets were created as tools to teach children racial and cultural acceptance as immigrant populations continued to increase in the United States. Haviland also wrote manuals on health and childhood development like Modern Physiology, Hygiene and Health (1921) and A Study of Babyhood (1927). Warren also illustrated Little Neighbors of Many Lands (1926), a book of paper dolls themed around accepting people of other cultures. No copies recorded in OCLC.