"Freedom to Breathe" Environmental Poster

Scientific studies have linked air pollution to quality of life and health issues. To emphasize the need to control the quality of the country’s air, this poster shows the Statue of Liberty, an American symbol of freedom, wearing a gas mask because she has lost the freedom to breathe clean, healthy air. Produced in 1969 by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, it resembles rock music posters of the era.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
U.S. Public Health Service
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white; green; pink (overall color)
overall: 17 in x 12 in; 43.18 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Environmental Movement
Government, Politics, and Reform
Environmental History
Environmental History
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Environmental History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Carl F. Meyers, Jr.

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