Browse Collections (17 total)

American Social Hygiene Association (ASHA) Industry Projects

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The ASHA created these materials as part of their efforts to promote social hygiene among industry during the war.

Batchelor Cartoons

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These images are political cartoons drawn by C.D. Batchelor for the ASHA.

Epidemiological Images

1941 Syphilis Spreads Through Prostitution.jpg

The items in this collection are images based on epidemiological information. They were reproduced as posters.

Foreign Language Materials

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

Military Posters (WWII)

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

National Social Hygiene Day (NSHD) Materials

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

New York World's Fair Science and Medicine Exhibits

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

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

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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, "Stamp Out Syphilis" (Survey Graphic Reprint)

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This collection includes the pictorial statistics included in the reprint of an article originally published in Survey Graphic in July 1936.

Parran, Shadow on the Land (Graphic Proofs)

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

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,"…

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,…

US Public Health Service (USPHS) Materials

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Items created by the Venereal Disease Division of the USPHS.

VD Films

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These items are films about venereal disease. Because of file size limitations, you must click on the link in each listing to watch or download the…

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

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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…

Works Progress Administration (WPA) Posters & Projects

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Items created by the New Deal work program, the WPA (1935-1943). Most of these posters were created by arts programs that crafted images conveying …

WWI Social Hygiene Posters

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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…