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Raising the Next Generation

A series of educational posters in the Collection focuses on the proper way of raising children, using a then-and-now format common to traditional Russian prints (lubki). With the implication that childhood influences a person's future, the posters attempt to re-teach child-rearing to a nation dramatically breaking with all past practices. The new instructions in hygiene, feeding, recreation and discipline aim to foster a new generation, which is physically and mentally healthy and whose socialization includes communal day-care and instruction in good work habits. The posters also emphasize the impact of these developments on women, who were no longer confined at home but working and studying, thanks to the establishment of day-care centers.

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