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This pictorial statistic compares the incidence of syphilis in New York State and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden). Though they have roughly equal populations, Scandinavia has a much lower rate of disease. It is a graphic print for an image that…

This pictorial statistic shows syphilis rates among different African American communities. It uses a symbol of a man with a spirochete on his chest to represent the statistic. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book,…

This poster would have been used to keep track of monthly VD cases. It features an image of a record book.

This poster informs audiences that even though VD rates in the military are down, syphilis and gonorrhea still cost the military many days lost.

"Though the Army's venereal disease rate rose in 1940 and '41, this trend was checked in 1942 and the…

"It's Too High, Soldier! Better Get it Low! After Each Exposure Always Take a Pro!"

This poster advises servicemen to use prophylaxis to help keep VD rates low.

"In World War I the Army's venereal disease rate was the lowest in its history to that time. The all-time low was reached in 1939, after which the trend was upward. "

This poster explains that venereal disease rates increase during war time. A…

"3 out of 4 syphilis infections are acquired between 15 and 30 years of age."

This infographic breaks down the percentage of new cases of syphilis each year by age. Most who acquire the disease do so between the ages of 15 and 30.

This is a reproduction of the 1/10 infographic originally from the Reader's Digest and Survey Graphic articles by Parran. Here it is included in a pamphlet by Pictorial Statistics, Inc. to highlight their work and the effectiveness of infographics.

This is an ASHA order form for posters versions of cartoon titled, "Isn't it fair to warn her?""'Three-fourths of all syphilis infections are acquired by young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years.' : Isn't it fair to warn her? : Syphilis Can…

This pictorial statistic compares the incidence of syphilis in New York and Scandinavia. Even though the two areas have approximately equal populations, New York has 50,000 new cases annually, while Norway, Sweden, and Denmark only have about 2,000.

This pictorial statistic shows the incidence of syphilis in Sweden 1916-1934. While there was a sharp increase in 1919, new cases decreased dramatically in the 1920s and 1930s. It is from the article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" from the July 1936 issue of…

"Reported Cases : 100,000 under 19 Yrs. of Age : 13,000 between 11 and 15"

This poster presents statistics about syphilis among young people.

"Of all new syphilis Infections, 60% occur In young people between 16 and 30 years of age : 90,000 of the First Two Million Selectees Tested Had Syphilis"

This poster features photos of young people engaging in various activities and warns that…
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