Health, Hygiene, and Fitness

Collection Description

Health and fitness were major preoccupations of European and American culture beginning in the late nineteenth century, inspired in part by the threat of infectious disease and advances in medical knowledge. A concern over hygiene became strongly manifest in design, leading to a preference for forms and materials thought to be sanitary, while companies marketed new devices—sunlamps, humidifiers—intended to promote health. The Wolfsonian holds a great many such items, as well as a wide range of publications about the physical culture movement that became popular in the early twentieth century.