Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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This poster details how to use mechanical and chemical prophylaxis.

The caption in this poster is in Italian. Lamenting that contracting VD is a sad end to a furlough, it also warns viewers to use prophylaxis.

This poster warns men to avoid promiscuous women. It also includes a map of prophylaxis station locations.

"Don't take a chance, Take a Pro"

This comic poster emphasizes that servicemen, especially when intoxicated, should use prophylaxis.

This comic poster shows a serviceman who picks up a woman at a dance hall and fails to use prophylaxis. He ends up in the VD ward.

This poster shows the various locations where servicemen at the Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base can get prophylaxis.

This poster warns that VD is a threat to the war effort.

This comic poster shows a serviceman leaving a brothel and then being stalked by anthropomorphized syphilis and gonorrhea germs. The germs are presented as German and Japanese stereotypes. They try to prevent the young man from going to the…

This poster warns young men not to have causal sex because it is likely they will contract VD.

"If some 'wise guy' tells you that sexual intercourse is not dangerous, the facts are: A girl who would yield to one man has probably had relations…

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease : Pro Stations in this Area at All Dispensaries"

This poster uses Japanese stereotypes and warns audiences that gonorrhea (clap) threatens the war effort.

This poster shows the locations of prophylactic stations in Panama City and Tyndall Field. There are stations for separate stations for African American and white soldiers and officers. The border has cartoon images of servicemen and pick-ups.

"Defend Yourself Against Venereal Disease, Take a Prophylaxis"

"Don't take a chance--Take a Pro"

This poster warns that venereal diseases are easy to get. It shows a serviceman outside a bar with a woman. A prophylaxis station is across the street.

This poster warns soldiers stationed in Asia to avoid VD through abstinence or prophylaxis use.

"Abstinence is the safest measure! Otherwise: 1. Use a contraceptive (rubber) plus 2. Immedicate prophylaxis treatment (know the locations of 'pro'…

This poster advises audiences to use prophylaxis.

This poster advertises a new prophylaxis kit.

"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.

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

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

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

"Ask about it : Learn! : Avoid Disease"

This poster advertises new prophylaxis methods to servicemen.
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