Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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"Learn How to Protect Your Family and Community From Them"

This poster shows syphilis and gonorrhea bombs falling on a community and encourages audiences to participate in the fight against them.

"Don't let V.D. do this to you! PROPHYLAXIS will see you through."This poster features an image of a blind man walking with a cane. It warns audiences to use prophylaxis to prevent these effects.

This poster shows a skeletal woman representing VD walking arm in arm with Hitler and Hirohito.

This poster features an image of young woman and appeals to soldiers to keep their sweethearts devotion and abstinence in mind.

This poster would have been used to keep track of monthly VD cases. It features an image of a record book.

"Don't Take a Chance Take a 'Pro'!!"

This poster promotes prophylaxis use and portrays it as common sense.

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

This poster shows a serviceman at a bar being approached by a woman. It implies that the woman is a prostitute who will spread disease.

"Ask about it : Learn! : Avoid Disease"

This poster advertises new prophylaxis methods to servicemen.

This poster shows a serviceman's hand reaching up out of the water and warns that VD hurts the war effort. Part of the "Rum and Women Just Don't Mix Series."

"Torpedoed? You Bet Your Life! Hitler didn't do it..but he might just as well have. This…

"Simple, Easy, Effective : Always Use Soap and Water First"

This poster advertises that a new prophylactic kit is available for servicemen.

"prevent venereal disease"

This poster features an image of a soldier aiming a gun and likens contracting venereal disease to sabotage.

This poster informs audiences that even though VD rates in the military are down, syphilis and gonorrhea still cost the military many days lost.

"Though the Army's venereal disease rate rose in 1940 and '41, this trend was checked in 1942 and the…

This poster advices servicemen to practice abstinence or use prophylaxis to avoid venereal disease.

"Syphilis : Gonorrhea : Abstinence is the Safest Measure! Otherwise 1. Use a Contraceptive (Rubber) 2. Immediate Prophylaxis! Know the Locations of…

This poster shows Mussolini, Hitler, and Tojo pleased with all the soldiers queueing for the VD clinic.

A sword labeled prophylaxis cuts off the tentacles of an octopus labeled VD. The arms have the names of different venereal diseases on them.

This poster would have been put in pharmacy windows to signal their participation in the campaign to promote adequate education and treatment about syphilis.

"Avoid VD"

This poster warns servicemen not to make assumptions about pick-ups and assume they don't have VD.

This poster tells the story of a man who gets drunk, fails to use prophylaxis, and ends up with VD. Part of the "Rum and Women Just Don't Mix Series."

“Once there was a [man]. He thought he was a very smart [man] and said that the [posters]…

"Always Use Soap and Water First"

This poster promotes a new prophylaxis kit. It features the character Cpl. Emax.
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