An Open Letter to Young Men


White, Douglas

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White, Douglas. An Open Letter to Young Men. Toronto: Reprinted by Canadian Social Hygiene Council, N.D. [Circa 1944]. First Canadian Edition. pp. [1], 28. 12mo., measuring 4.5″ x 5.5″. Illustrated card covers featuring a black-and-white photograph of a man, woman, and small child holding a banner of the Canadian Social Hygiene Council above their heads, to the front cover. Lightest age-toning, vertical stamp of the “Winnipeg Health League” over text of cover title. Contents bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; very good+. Rear cover reads: “This pamphlet published by permission of The British Social Hygiene Council.” The social hygiene movement was a progressive effort advocating for the control of the spread of venereal diseases, prostitution, and other forms of vice through the use of empirical means, and utilizing modern media techniques to disseminate their message. Social hygienist organizations emphasized sexual continence, and strict self-discipline as a solution to societal ills, tracing prostitution, drug use, and illegitimacy to rapid urbanization. The Canadian Social Hygiene Council emerged alongside its British, and American counterparts using similar means, and methodology beginning from the late 19th century and well into the 20th. Rare, with no copies of the Canadian printing of this title available in commerce at time of cataloguing. Not in Peel. See OCLC #223768182. “Dear…I want to write a letter to you about a subject which is often a matter of laughter and jest, but which ought to be a subject of very serious thought to every lad who is growing or has grown into manhood. The subject is that of sex-its meaning and its dangers.” Card Covers. (#1212) $145.00