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…

"Guard them against syphilis, Get a blood test today"

This poster advises audiences to get a blood test. It features an image of an African American mother and her baby.

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

This photograph shows an exhibit about syphilis titled, "The Shadow on the Land" that appeared at the 1939 World's Fair. It features a large microscope, photographs of family and children, and a map of the United States. Fair visitors are shown…

This chart diagrams the process of finding cases of syphilis within families and how to prevent congenital syphilis.

The poster promotes abstinence and medical exams before marriage. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Love is essential, and mutual respect, common interests, and unselfish consideration are the foundations of love :…

This poster promotes social hygiene among parents and children.

"Now he is building a strong, beautiful body and steady nerves : Soon he will be building ideas and laying foundations for social life : Promote through study groups a better…

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It invokes the family who awaits them at home to emphasize continence.

This is the cover page of a broadside created and distributed for National Social Hygiene Day. It's headline addresses the year's theme--quackery.

This pictorial statistic compares the income of white and black families in different Southern cities. It is from a reprint of Parran's article in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans.

This pictorial statistic contrasts the progression of syphilis in a person who seeks medical care and one who does not. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

"Learn How to Protect Your Family and Community From Them"

This poster shows syphilis and gonorrhea bombs falling on a community and encourages audiences to participate in the fight against them.

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.

"Every man dreams of a healthy family! Don't Let Syphilis or Clap Kill that Dream"

This poster appeals to servicemen's concerns about family, warning that VD could threaten their future plans. It features an image of a young woman and a baby.

This is the cover to a syphilis pamphlet created for African American audiences. It shows a mother getting her blood drawn for a blood test while her husband and daughter look on.

"Outbreak of syphilis infections in a rural county : Monroe County, Tennessee"

This is an epidemiological chart that shows how one syphilis epidemic spread. This image was created earlier in the 1930s. Here it appears with a new heading.

This comic strip shows Jane consulting her doctor and getting a prenatal syphilis test. She has a healthy baby. There is also text accompanying the strip that gives more information.

This comic strip shows a couple, Frank and Ann, who consult their physician and get premarital syphilis exams. There is also text accompanying the strip that gives more information.

"the Doctor found my infection and REGULAR TREATMENTS saved me and my children"

This poster promotes adequate treatment by a physician and reminds viewers that syphilis can affect the family.

This poster promotes National Social Hygiene Day as a way to protect the family.
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