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This poster features an image of gonococci under a microscope. The text explains the effects of gonorrhea and emphasizes a cure is possible but difficult. The poster is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"Gonorrhea may cause stricture,…

This poster shows an image of a scientist in a lab and a microscopic view of syphilis microbes. It also explains the long-term effects of the illness and the effectiveness of early treatment.

"Syphilis may affect any part of the body, including…

This photograph shows a mural on the medicine and public health building at the 1939 World's Fair. It shows a scientist doing lab work.

This photograph shows a demonstration of the milk pasteurization process at a 1939 World's Fair.

This is a planning sketch for an exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair.

This photograph shows an exhibit about syphilis titled, "The Shadow on the Land" that appeared at the 1939 World's Fair. It features a large microscope, photographs of family and children, and a map of the United States. Fair visitors are shown…

"Clinics give free : Blood Tests : Medicine : Advice : Pamphlets : These are given confidentially : Any one who has been exposed should go at once to a good doctor or a good clinic : By certain tests : The presence of syphilis or gonorrhea germs can…

This poster describes the importance of treatment. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Gonorrhea and syphilis usually can be cured if treatment is given early enough by a reputable physician or at a clinic :…

This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

This photograph shows a woman working with blood samples. This is from an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This is an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This graphic highlights the important steps in controlling TB and syphilis. It is from a reprint of Parran's article in Survey Graphic on syphilis, TB, and African Americans.

This pictorial statistic outlines a plan for controlling syphilis. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

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.
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