Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. An image of Uncle Same warns that VD can threaten the war effort.

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

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease : Pro. Stations in This Area"

This poster shows a Japanese man looking at a graph of VD rates. It advises audiences to avoid gonorrhea so they can fight the Japanese.

This poster shows a fighting soldier and warns servicemen that their VD hurts the war effort.

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

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…

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

"Over 40% of the Pickups are Diseased"

This poster features a woman soliciting a soldier on the street. Hitler and Tojo look on, commenting that diseased pick-ups help the Axis.

The poster shows a man in the VD ward. He comments that he has let down his fellow soldiers, his family, and his country by contracting disease.

"Gonorrhea Steals Time : Use a Prophylactic : Go to a Prophylactic Station"

A large hand labeled gonorrhea reaches for a clock. The poster advises audiences to use prophylaxis.

"Use a Prophylactic: Go to a Prophylactic Station"

This poster shows a woman calling a serviceman into her room from off the street. A poster in her room and a small Japanese figure tugging on the serviceman's leg associates the woman with the…

"Don't Be a Casualty to Venereal Disease : It can happen to you! PROphylaxis PROvides Protection!"

This poster advises audiences to use prophylaxis.

This poster shows the Axis leaders and a mosquito labeled "VD" surrounding a swastika.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

"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 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…

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.
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