Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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The billboard in this photograph emphasizes that men should stay healthy to help contribute to the war effort.

"V.D. (Venereal Diseases) Can Be Cured : Go to Your Doctor or Clinic Today"

This poster advises mothers to be tested for syphilis as soon as they know they are pregnant.

"You Can Have A Healthy Baby : Ask your Doctor to give you a Careful Physical Examination including Blood Test as soon as you know a Baby is Coming."

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 pictorial statistic conveys that only a small percentage of children born to syphilitic mothers will be healthy if the mother does receive treatment during the pregnancy. It uses images of babies to represent the statistics. It is a graphic…

"Get Full Medical Examination For VD Before Marriage"

This poster advises couples to get VD exams before marrying to ensure their happiness.

"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.

"Syphilis and Gonorrhea sap America's strength : We can control these diseases!"

This poster warns that venereal disease threatens the US's strength.

"Five out of six babies of untreated syphilitic mothers are born dead or diseased."

This pictorial statistic shows the results of syphilis treatment during pregnancy. It is from a reprint of the July 1936 article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" in Survey Graphic.
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