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Introduction: the Graphics of Nutrition

A History of Nutrition in Images

By Margaret Badore

The Second World War was a moment of expansion for everything that might be called "Government Public Relations." From the productions of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda lead by Joseph Goebbels to the establishment of The Advertising Council in the U.S., the war forced a range of government agencies to examine the best means of communicating with citizens.

The Ad Council was established in 1941 as a non-profit organization responsible for the distribution of public service announcements. The home front became an important part of the war effort, including campaigns to promote public health. It's no surprise that nutrition recommendations were promoted as a means of keeping America strong. Images were used to support the basic principals of nutrition, and particularly to represent different food groups. We take a look at the evolution of these images.

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