Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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New York World's Fair Science and Medicine Exhibits

1939 JSH Worlds Fair Photo.jpg

The images show exhibits from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair related to science, public health, and medicine.

WWI Social Hygiene Posters

Is Your Mind Diseased 1918.jpg

These items are posters from World War I. In terms of numbers, public health visuals were much more limited until the 1920s. The use of propaganda…

The Anti-Syphilis Program in Action


These items are photographs of visual materials created by the program as they appeared in everyday life. Here we see exhibits in store windows,…

Social Hygiene Materials (1919-1935)


These materials cover the years after WWI and before Parran's campaign. Of particular note are the poster series "Keeping Fit" and "Youth and Life,"…

Vonderlehr, "Are We Checking the Great Plague?" (Survey Graphic Reprint)

1940 Von Article 10 - Version 4.jpg

This is an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US after the first few years of the…

Parran, "No Defense for Any of Us" (Survey Graphic Reprint)

1938 No Defense TB Mortality.jpg

This is an article reprint of a piece by Parran in Survey Graphic. It addresses the high rates of syphilis and tuberculosis in the African American…

Parran, Shadow on the Land (Graphic Proofs)

1937 Shadow US Copen Treatment.jpg

These items are proofs of the pictorial statistics (infographics) included in Thomas Parran's book Shadow on the Land. These images circulated…

Foreign Language Materials

1942-44 IV Triste Fin.jpg

Items in Spanish, Italian, and French created by the US Government.

National Social Hygiene Day (NSHD) Materials

1940 NSHD beyond victory .jpg

These materials were created to promote National Social Hygiene Day, an annual event organized by the ASHA. See the glossary for more details.

Military Posters (WWII)

1942-44 When Speed Counts.jpg

The intended audience of these posters is servicemen as the US was mobilizing for and fighting World War II.