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This comic poster shows two servicemen discussing the fate of their friend who contracted VD from a pick-up.

"I haven't seen Bill jive around--where is he, anyway? Oh, Bill? He got acquainted with some gal the other day--Well Bill is Kinda…

This poster featuring a happy newlywed couple advises people to be tested for syphilis before marriage.

Two older men sit having a drink. One says, "My boy was wounded in the African landing." The other man, looking disappointed, replies, "Mine was wounded in this country by a street walker."

This chart shows the results of an epidemiological investigation of cases of syphilis.

"A physician in a middlewestern city asked the State Health Department to trace the source of infection in 3 cases of newly acquired infectious syphilis in his…

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 poster explains how men may transmit gonorrhea to their family and that children can be blinded by the illness. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"If the mother has gonorrhea, her child may be blinded at birth :…

This poster warns women not to associate with men they don't know. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""'Pick-up' acquaintances often take girls autoriding, to cafés, and to theatres with the intention of leading them into…

This comic strip is one in the "Health Helps" series. It shows a worker, Jerry, who visits a quack for syphilis treatment. His employer advises him to see his family physician. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

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.

This pictorial statistic contrasts the progression of syphilis in a person who seeks medical care and one who does not. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic shows how syphilis spreads between different people. It uses the spirochete symbol to indicate individuals' status. It is modeled after an epidemiological image from the early 1930s. Here, the image is presented without many…

This pictorial statistic shows syphilis atop a list of health threats including scarlet fever, TB, auto accidents, and diphtheria. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic conveys that most patients get less that 10 injections of treatment and that only a few injections commonly leads to relapses of syphilis. It uses images of syringes and men sitting and standing to represent the statistics.…

This pictorial statistic conveys that syphilis is responsible for 15% of cases of blindness. It repeats the symbol of a blind man to represent the statistic. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

"Don't take a chance--Take a Pro"

This poster warns that venereal diseases are easy to get. It shows a serviceman outside a bar with a woman. A prophylaxis station is across the street.

"Don't let V.D. do this to you! PROPHYLAXIS will see you through."This poster features an image of a blind man walking with a cane. It warns audiences to use prophylaxis to prevent these effects.

This poster shows a serviceman at a bar being approached by a woman. It implies that the woman is a prostitute who will spread disease.

"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.

"Use a Prophylactic: Go to a Prophylactic Station"

This poster shows a woman calling a serviceman into her room from off the street. A poster in her room and a small Japanese figure tugging on the serviceman's leg associates the woman with the…
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