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These stamps were created to promote blood tests in NYC.

"See Your Doctor : Be Examined : Have a Blood Test : Bureau of Social Hygiene : N.Y.C. Health Dept. Cooperating with N.Y. State Health Dept. & U.S. Public Health Service"

This chart shows the results of an epidemiological investigation of cases of syphilis.

"A physician in a middlewestern city asked the State Health Department to trace the source of infection in 3 cases of newly acquired infectious syphilis in his…

This is the cover for a pamphlet created for African American audiences. It features a photograph of a black woman getting blood drawn.

"Don't Let This Happen to You"

This pamphlet about syphilis was created for African American audiences. It includes information about causes, symptoms, testing, treatment, and effects. While it does use the word "syphilis" a few times, it…

This poster urges couples to take steps to prevent syphilis in marriage.

This infographic informs employers about the components of an industrial syphilis control program.

"1. Health every employee get a blood test, especially accident and chronic sickness cases. 2. Keep examination results condiential between doctor,…

"Destroy Syphilis : Cooperate with Your Local Health Agency"

"See Your Doctor To-day : Syphilis Can Be Prevented : Syphilis Can Be Cured : Bureau of Social Hygiene : 125 Worth St. N.Y.C."

This is the cover of a pamphlet about syphilis.

"The Work Projects Administration is Cooperating in the National Campaign to Stamp Out Syphilis! : 1. You are asked to go to your private doctor for a blood test. If you cannot pay for this go to any of the following : City Clinics : Health Center :…

This poster urges viewers to have tests and exams to check for syphilis and gonorrhea.

"Have you had your blood test and examination : Go to your doctor of dept. of health : Bureau of Social Hygiene, 51 Stuyvesant Place, S.I."

This poster informs the audience that although gonorrhea has serious effects, they can be avoided. A knight stomps down a snake.

"It can be prevented and cured : For examination and free pamphlets go to your doctor or Dept. of Health clinic."
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