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"'NO'S, the best tactic...the next, PROPHYLACTIC!"

"'NO' is the best tactic, the next, PROPHYLACTIC"This poster features images of servicemen outside a prophylactic station and advises audiences to use prophylaxis if they engage in sexual activity.

This poster shows the Axis leaders congratulating a prostitute for spreading VD. Below them, the venereal ward is full.

This poster features a hand wiping away a graph. It warns that VD requires a long convalescence.

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"Suspect! PRO-tect!"

This poster advises servicemen to avoid VD.

"The New Pro Kit : Simple, Easy, Effective"

This poster features a cartoon of a serviceman, Cpl. Emax, and promotes a new pro kit.

This poster shows a serviceman who was left behind because of VD. He watches a boat sail off into the sunset while a large hand labeled VD holds him on the shore.

This poster juxtaposes an image of Hirohito and an silhouette of a young woman, warning that they are both threats to the war effort. It also uses statistics to convey the significant cost of venereal disease.

"Men of the armed forces...guard…

"A Toast to Hitler and Hirohito"

A prostitute in heavy makeup toasts a glass of champagne labeled "venereal diseases." The poster also equates pick-ups, street walkers, and prostitutes with the Axis.

This poster warns audiences about venereal disease. "VD" grips a serviceman around the waist.

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This poster features a snake and warns of the serious effects of VD--pain, feebleness, sorrow, and misery.

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This poster features an image of a soldier in gas mask, drawing parallels between that protection and VD prophylaxis.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

"THAT the 483 squadron has the 8 BALL with the only VENEREAL DISEASE case for OCT : THAT the man got his infection while on furlough : THAT he did not wear a rubber or take a PRO : THAT the PLAQUE for best effort will be awarded to the 486th squadron…

"Use Prophylaxis!"

This poster advices audiences to use prophylaxis and features an image of men playing baseball.

"If you've been exposed...Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

This poster advises servicemen to use prophylaxis.

This poster features an image of a woman in heavy make-up smoking a cigarette and warns she is trouble.

"Todavia Resulta Mas Facil Prevenir Que Curar Las Enfermedades Venereas"

This poster warns that sometimes penicillin doesn't work and that it is easier to prevent rather than cure venereal diseases.

"Every man dreams of a healthy family! Don't Let Syphilis or Clap Kill that Dream"

This poster appeals to servicemen's concerns about family, warning that VD could threaten their future plans. It features an image of a young woman and a baby.

This poster details how to use mechanical and chemical prophylaxis.
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