Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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"Children! They are the only real wealth that the nation possesses. Will any one contend that every child's heritage should not be a healthy mind and body? Yet hundreds of thousands of them are denied this heritage, just as hundreds of thousands of…

This poster advices servicemen to practice abstinence or use prophylaxis to avoid venereal disease.

"Syphilis : Gonorrhea : Abstinence is the Safest Measure! Otherwise 1. Use a Contraceptive (Rubber) 2. Immediate Prophylaxis! Know the Locations of…

"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 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…

"Sex Exposure Without Prophylaxis And You Lose to Venereal Disease : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster likens sex without prophylaxis to gambling.

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"Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster warns that failure to use prophylaxis threatens the war effort.

"Venereal Disease Has Gone to War! Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

"Signed: Venereal Disease : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster warns servicemen that VD hurts the war effort.

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"In 1942 This Station Had: [Blank] Cases of Venereal Disease : Prophylaxis Taken Promptly After Exposure Would Have Prevented Them : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This image conveys that venereal disease is a threat to industrial production and the war effort. Gonorrhea and syphilis appear as planes bombing a factory while a worker looks on.

This cartoon warns that women with venereal disease are threats to military men. Two women are shown waiting on a corner, smoking. They are labeled "gonorrhea" and "syphilis." A sign shows that military bases are nearby.

This film portrays syphilis as a threat to the war effort and urges citizens to help fight against it. It presents public health control methods and "social protection" concerns. Click on the link below to download from OPA.

"3 out of 4 syphilis infections are acquired between 15 and 30 years of age."

This infographic breaks down the percentage of new cases of syphilis each year by age. Most who acquire the disease do so between the ages of 15 and 30.

"Enlist employees in a campaign against it"

This poster urges workers to get involved in anti-syphilis efforts.
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