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

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

"'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 social hygiene poster shows a serviceman in a hospital bed who has been sidelined because of VD. The line "Not in the Line of Duty" refers to the fact that soldiers who were ill due to venereal disease were not considered to be injured in the…

This poster features an image of a serviceman at the grave of a comrade to promote social hygiene.

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

"if exposed Take a Prophylaxis promptly"

This poster urges servicemen to use prophylaxis.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It features the image of a wife or sweetheart to emphasize continence.

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 urges all types of people to have a blood test for syphilis.

This graphic highlights the important steps in controlling TB and syphilis. It is from a reprint of Parran's article in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans.

This poster warns women about congenital syphilis. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Every child has a right to be well-born : If the father or the mother has syphilis, the child may be born or defective"

This is a pictorial statistic that breaks down the incidence of syphilis by age and sex. It also includes a graphic to compare the total population distribution by age and sex. It is from the article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" from the July 1936 issue of…

"Don't Let Your Team Down! Don't Let V.D. Put You on the Sidelines!"

This poster advises servicemen that they are letting down their fellow men if they contract VD.

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.

"Don't forget to protect yourself against Vd (Venereal Disease)"

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 photograph shows a woman working with blood samples. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.
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