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This is a publicity poster for National Social Hygiene Day 1938. "Stamp Out Syphilis" is being broadcast over a suburban community.

This image juxtaposes two windows that represent society before and after life the promotion of social hygiene ideas. The "before" window reads "vulgar distortion of sex facts," "unsupervised amusements," "unsympathetic attitude of elders," and "low…

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 encourages young women to socialize with young men around their family and friends. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Decent good times lead to more good times because they promote permanent friendships :…

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.

"Beware of VD"

This poster features a soldier returning home on crutches. It advises servicemen to avoid VD so they won't feel ashamed when they return home.

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.

This poster warns soldiers that their return home may be delayed if they contract venereal disease.

"When you go marching home--will you be clean and fit? Take a Pro"This poster advises servicemen to use prophylaxis. It includes a space for a list of local prophylaxis stations.

"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.

"Build--Better Health Better Homes Better Communities : Prevent--Venereal Diseases Promiscuity Prostitution : National Social Hygiene Day"

"Avoid Venereal Disease."

Three figures, a soldier, a sailor, and a pilot, salute a woman and child sitting outside a suburban home. A US flag flies in front of the house. The text advises servicemen to avoid venereal disease with their family and…

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.

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.

"Wreck Lives, Waste Manpower, Destroy Homes, Cause Death"

This poster warns about the serious effects of VD.
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