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100,000,000 Guinea Pigs : The Dangers of Consumption
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In 1927, responding to the seemingly overpowering claims of advertisers and mass marketers, engineer Frederick Schlink and economist Stuart Chase published Your Money's Worth, which argued for an "extension of the principle of buying goods according to impartial scientific tests rather than according to the fanfare and triumphs of higher salesmanship." Your Money's Worth became an instant best-seller, and the authors organized Consumers' Research, a testing bureau that provided information and published product tests in a new magazine, Consumers' Research Bulletin. The 1929 stock market crash heightened suspicion of consumer capitalism, and the magazine had 42,000 subscribers by 1932. In 1933, Schlink and Arthur Kallet (executive secretary of Consumers' Research) published 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics. The book struck a responsive chord in depression-era America--it went through thirteen printings in its first six months and became one of the best-selling books of the decade. The book's first chapter ("The Great American Guinea Pig"), gave a flavor of their vigorous arguments.

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
Date Added:
04/25/2013
10,000,000 Members by Christmas On Christmas Eve, a Candle in Every Window and Red Cross Members in Every Home.
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Poster showing a holly-decked candle in a window, with the Red Cross symbol in its glow. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
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06/18/2013
124 Cartridges for 15/6 and Your Money Back with Interest
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Poster is text only. Published by the National War Savings Committee, 18 & 19, Abingdon Street, Westminster, S.W. Poster no. 18. 20m. Wt. 5213/331. (7940). Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
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06/18/2013
140th Flag Day, 1777-1917 the Birthday of the Stars and Stripes, June 14th, 1917.
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Poster showing a man raising the American flag, with a minuteman cheering and an eagle flying above. Text continues: 'Tis the Star Spangled Banner, oh, long may it wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! Monogram unidentified. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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06/18/2013
"1500 Doomed":  People's Press  Reports on the Gauley Bridge Disaster
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The deadly lung disease silicosis is caused when miners, sandblasters, and foundry and tunnel workers inhale fine particles of silica dust--a mineral found in sand, quartz, and granite. In 1935, approximately 1,500 workers--largely African Americans who had come north to find work--were killed by exposure to silica dust while building a tunnel in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Ordinarily, silicosis takes a several years to develop, but these West Virginia tunnel workers were falling ill in a matter of months because of exposure to unusually high concentrations of silica dust. The crisis over silicosis suddenly became a national issue, as seen in this article in the radical newspaper Peoples' Press . In 1936 congressional hearings on the Gauley Bridge disaster, it was revealed that company officials and engineers wore masks to protect themselves when they visited the tunnel, but they failed to provide masks for the tunnelers themselves, even when the workers requested them.

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U.S. History
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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04/25/2013
2009 Maize Genome Collection
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The authors of the research presented in this special collection used the first description of the B73 maize genome to probe some of the most intriguing questions in genetics and plant biology. Read about maize centromeres, new insights into transposon types and distribution, the abundance of very short FLcDNAs encoding predicted peptides, and many other "genetic jewels" contained herein.

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Biology
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Public Library of Science
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Biology and Life Sciences
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04/11/2016
20 at Home to 1 in the Trenches
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Poster showing a crowd of workers measuring and outfitting a seated monumental man with uniform and supplies. Title continues: It takes the best co-operative efforts of from six to twenty workers at home to properly equip and maintain one American soldier at the front. [...] With consistent help and encouragement for their wage-earning partners and themselves, from all classes of the people, American industry can and will win this war for human liberty. Breeders of industrial war at home must be eliminated. National co-operation is the slogan to insure victory for Democracy over Autocracy. Issued by the National Industrial Conservation Movement, 30 Church Street, New York City. Copies supplied on request. No. E-7. Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/18/2013
2285 New Yorkers Volunteered in One Week--is Your Name On This List?
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Poster showing news photographs of the war effort by the Official British Press Bureau and by International Film in Leslie's, lists of hundreds of recent American volunteers, and addresses of recruiting stations. Photographs are captioned: Life in the United States training camps; That bombproof smile; Where Pershing will soon be; Signalling by daylight. The Mayor's Committee on National Defense, The Recruiting Committee, 50 East 42nd Street, New York. Bulletin No. 2. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
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06/18/2013
2 Inspiring Cablegrams
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Poster showing bust portraits of Edward N. Hurley, chairman of the Shipping Board, and General Pershing, each with a copy of a cablegram. The cablegrams, discussing the provision of almost 100 ships, are quoted at length beneath. Issued by Publications Section, United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, Philadelphia.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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06/18/2013
2nd City of London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Recruits Required at Once to Complete This Fine Battalion
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Poster showing a battalion marching down a lane, as two women standing by a gate watch and wave. Text continues: Uniform and necessaries immediately on enlistment. Army rates of pay & allowances. God save the King. Recruiting office, The Armoury, 9, Tufton Street, Westminster, S.W. Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/18/2013
The $3,000,000,000 Punch
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Poster showing Uncle Sam in coat labelled "Liberty Bond" punching the Kaiser. Prepared by Liberty Loan Committee, 120 Broadway, New York. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

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U.S. History
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Diagram/Illustration
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/18/2013
3,000,000 Belgians Are Destitute in Belgium. they Must Not Starve. Support the Local Fund
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Poster showing a woman in a helmet (Minerva, personification of Britain?) caring for a mother and children. Printed by Crowther & Goodman, 124 Fenchurch St., E.C. Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Diagram/Illustration
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/19/2013
3 A.M. in a London Station Hut
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Poster showing a YMCA facility for soldiers, with men sleeping on couches, in chairs, and on the floor. Illustration is by Edgar Wright. Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/18/2013
3 Questions to Employers [...] More Men Are Wanted to-Day. What Can You Do?
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Poster is text only, inferring ways in which employers can encourage men to enlist. Poster no. 70. Title from item.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Date Added:
06/18/2013
3al Jamal bi wasat Beirut - عالجمل بوسط بيروت - On a Camel in Downtown Beirut
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This funny song by Lebanese singers describes their ride on camels through the center of Beirut. The video shows images of downtown Beirut and how unusual it is for camels to be in a big city in the Arab world.

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Arts and Humanities
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World Cultures
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Primary Source
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Individual Authors
Author:
Michelle Keserwany
Date Added:
11/24/2013
426th Anniversary of the Discovery of America, Liberty Day, Saturday, October 12th, 1918 Buy Liberty Bonds today - for Liberty today, tomorrow and Forever!
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Poster showing a heroic military statuary group, beneath flags and the legend, "United for liberty." Cigars United.

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U.S. History
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Library of Congress
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Library of Congress - World War I Posters
Date Added:
06/18/2013