Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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This comic poster shows servicemen talking about women. One brags he can tell from looking at a woman if she has syphilis. They seek out the medical officer to settle the debate. He explains that only a blood test can confirm if someone has syphilis…

This comic poster shows two servicemen discussing the fate of their friend who contracted VD from a pick-up.

"I haven't seen Bill jive around--where is he, anyway? Oh, Bill? He got acquainted with some gal the other day--Well Bill is Kinda…

This poster featuring a happy newlywed couple advises people to be tested for syphilis before marriage.

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.

Two older men sit having a drink. One says, "My boy was wounded in the African landing." The other man, looking disappointed, replies, "Mine was wounded in this country by a street walker."

This comic poster shows a number of servicemen at a diner. One talks to a woman sitting alone but another soldier picks her up and leaves with her. While the original man is upset that the other stole his pick-up, the other men explain that he was…

This comic poster warns audiences about the dangers of quack doctors offering fake cures for VD.

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 poster wards servicemen to "avoid VD" so they can go home "clean" to their families.

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 two servicemen considering a visit to a brothel. One advises the other against it, explaining how he earlier contracted VD.

"I hear they have some gals up there--Let's give the joint a play-- : No, thanks--that's how I got…

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 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"

"'Stop Venereal Disease' : Go to Your Nearest Prophylactic Station : 'V' for Victory"

This poster features an image of a hand of the Axis holds a knife labeled "venereal disease". It urges audiences to use 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.
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