Health posting discouraging spitting

Don’t Spit on the Floor

Berlin, Germany, 1923. Health poster encouraging better hygiene

Poster on the importance of using preventive medicine and a healthy lifestyle to avoid and curb the spread of tuberculosis. “You Can Protect Yourself from Tuberculosis (Consumption)! To Heal the Sick is a Great Deed; To Prevent Illness is Greater Still.” This is one of a series of Yiddish posters printed by the Jewish health organization OZE in Berlin for distribution to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. Helpful information is delivered in the form of a comic strip and emphasizes preventing the spread of disease through good hygiene (“spit in a receptacle”) and strengthening one’s own immune system with good diet and exposure to fresh air.


Digitization of this artifact has been made possible by the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project.