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Methods of contraception in China. Colour lithographs, 1963-1964.

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A 1960s Chinese production on methods of contraception at a time when the Chinese government was starting to become aware of the distinct disadvantages of a large population. This appears to be one of the first communist Chinese birth control productions. Up to this point Mao had been extolling the virtues and strengths that a large population brings to a country. The posters cover the various methods of female and male contraception albeit from a rather coy perspective in keeping with the puritan morals of the time. It is to be assumed that the posters were used as an education aid for both urban and rural audiences


Beijing : [publisher not identified], 1963-1964.

Physical description

10 prints : lithographs, printed in colours ; sheets 35 x 44.5 cm


Biyun fangfa jieshao


?Di yi ban; Di yi ci yin shua [1 ed.; 1st printing]; Yin shu 1-20,000 [print run].


1. Biyun fangfa jieshao - An introduction to methods of contraception (title poster)
2. Nuxing shengzhiqi - The female reproductive system
3. Nanxing shengzhiqi - The male reproductive system
4. Huaiyun he biyun - Pregnancy and the avoidance of pregnancy
5. Shiyong biyunyao biyun - The use of contraceptive creams and pills to avoid pregnancy
6. Shiyong yinjingtao biyun - the use of condoms to avoid pregnancy
7. Shiyong yindao gemo biyun - The use of the contraceptive cap to avoid pregnancy
8. Caiyong gongnei jieyuqi biyun - The use of intra-uterine devices to avoid pregnancy
9. Yapo niaodao biyun. Tiwai paijing biyun - The constriction of the male urethra as a means of contraception. Coitus interruptus as a means of contraception
10. Anquanqi biyun. - The 'safe period' as a means of contraception

Lettering note

Bears publication number: 14051-005


Wellcome Library no. 672574i



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  • Set of ten prints

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