Spock, Benjamin, 1903-1998

Alternative names
Birth 1903-05-02
Death 1998-03-15

Biographical notes:

Pediatrician and author.

From the description of Benjamin Spock correspondence and photograph, 1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984314

Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) was an American pediatrician, author, and peace activist. He is the author of the worldwide best-selling book Baby and Child Care .

From the guide to the Benjamin Spock Papers, 1945-1990, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Epithet: paediatrician

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000561.0x00005d

Before the widespread presence of television and radio, and to a lesser extent even after, wartime governments often used posters to broadcast to the civilian population important themes such as civil defense, recruitment, morale-boosting and fund-raising. In many cases notable artists would be engaged to create the illustrations.

World War I and World War II were particularly rich in these cheap and omnipresent pieces of propaganda. According to the Smithsonian Institution's "Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front" :

Addressing every citizen as a combatant in the war of production, wartime posters united the power of art with the power of advertising to sell the idea that the factory and the home were also arenas of war. Poster campaigns aimed not only to increase productivity in factories, but also to enlarge people's views of their responsibilities in a time of total war... [P]eople would encounter posters in places that other media couldn't reach-schools, factories, offices, store windows, and other places outside the scope of paid advertising. Second, posters had democratic appeal-they could be made by anyone; they could be seen by all. Both medium and message spoke of democracy, which made posters ideal for expressing American war aims: why we fight, what we fight for.

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician best known for his book Baby and Child Care . He was also active in the anti-Vietnam War movements during the 1960's and early 1970's.

From the guide to the Spock War Posters Collection, 1909-1975, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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  • Parenting
  • War posters, Canadian
  • Child rearing
  • Infant psychology
  • Pediatrics
  • World War, 1939-1945--Posters
  • Infants--Health and hygiene
  • Children with disabilities
  • Military history
  • Activism and social reform
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--United States--Posters
  • War posters, French
  • Feminism
  • Pediatricians--United States
  • Presidents--1972
  • Liberty bonds--Posters
  • Children--Health and hygiene
  • Infants--Development
  • World War, 1914-1918--Posters
  • Peace movements--United States
  • Recruiting and enlistment--Posters
  • Medicine--Practice
  • Infants--Care
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--United States
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States--Posters
  • Parent and child
  • Child psychology
  • Child care
  • Child development
  • War posters, Italian
  • War posters, American
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
  • Families
  • African Americans--Children
  • Science and medicine
  • Nuclear disarmament


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