This historic photograph showed a gathering of children who had come together during an observance of 'Child Health Day'. The theme of the event focused on nutrition. The child seated on the cow was wearing a sign proclaiming him to be a 'milk-fed boy'. The cow sported a sign indicating it to be 'the child's best friend'. These messages emphasized the importance of milk to a child's diet, and exemplified the efforts of public health workers to disseminate these, as well as other messages promoting child healthcare. The setting was a town in the state of Kentucky. The original image was scanned from a glass lantern slide donated by the Minnesota Department of Health, and is one of a historical collection of documents and photographs devoted to observances of Child Health Day in the United States.
CDC/ Minnesota Department of Health, R.N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones
November 27, 2012
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