Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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This comic poster shows a serviceman leaving a brothel and then being stalked by anthropomorphized syphilis and gonorrhea germs. The germs are presented as German and Japanese stereotypes. They try to prevent the young man from going to the…

This poster shows the Axis leaders congratulating a prostitute for spreading VD. Below them, the venereal ward is full.

This poster shows a skeletal woman representing VD walking arm in arm with Hitler and Hirohito.

This poster shows a serviceman's hand reaching up out of the water and warns that VD hurts the war effort. Part of the "Rum and Women Just Don't Mix Series."

"Torpedoed? You Bet Your Life! Hitler didn't do it..but he might just as well have. This…

This poster shows Mussolini, Hitler, and Tojo pleased with all the soldiers queueing for the VD clinic.

"Over 40% of the Pickups are Diseased"

This poster features a woman soliciting a soldier on the street. Hitler and Tojo look on, commenting that diseased pick-ups help the Axis.

This poster shows the Axis leaders and a mosquito labeled "VD" surrounding a swastika.

"A Toast to Hitler and Hirohito"

A prostitute in heavy makeup toasts a glass of champagne labeled "venereal diseases." The poster also equates pick-ups, street walkers, and prostitutes with the Axis.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease!"This poster features cartoons of the Axis leaders as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chanchroid. Two hold syringes and one holds a woman in lingere with a skull and crossbones.

This poster informs viewers of the number of days of labor lost as a result of VD. It also conveys that this helps the US's enemies.
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