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Story Popular Literature 9-2

Chapter 4   Getting the Word Out

Children’s Bureau pamphlet, Out of Babyhood Into Childhood, circa 1929.
Children’s Bureau pamphlet, Out of Babyhood Into Childhood, circa 1929.
Photo Credit: Maternal and Child Health Library
Popular Literature – The Bureau’s early pamphlets for parents were among the most popular government publications for decades.

They were particularly critical to women living in rural areas, who often did not have access to a doctor’s care or guidance. The series began with Prenatal Care, first published in 1913. This was soon followed by Infant Care (1914) and The Child from 2-6 (1915). All were bestsellers; the most popular, Infant Care, had been through 10 editions with a total distribution of 45 million copies by the end of 1961.

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