Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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

This poster uses a graphic picture of a child with congenital syphilis to warn that men's decisions to have premarital sex can have drastic effects for their future children.

"A man may transmit syphilis to his children. His children's children…

This poster features a photograph of young boys and explains that they have been blinded due to gonorrhea.

"These boys are blind because their mothers had gonorrhea, in most cases contracted from the father. Most of the blindness in children is…

This poster warns viewers that a man may transmit venereal disease to his wife and children. It is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"The man who has contracted gonorrhea or syphilis may bring suffering upon the innocent. When he marries,…

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

This poster associates healthy children with parents who have avoided VD. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"A healthy, happy child is the greatest joy-bringer in the world : Healthy, happy children are born of fathers…

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.

This poster urges parents to deal frankly with their children's questions about sex, connecting social hygiene education to their future success.

"If your child asks a question regarding sex, answer it simply, naturally, and in your own…

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

This chart shows how gonorrhea was spread among children who attended the same school. It highlights "perversion contact," school contact, and family contact.
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