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This film puts the syphilis problem in the context of the war. It presents the effects of the illness, statistics about how it affects the war effort, and control principles.
(Click on the link below to download the film from the OPA.)

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."

"G.O. 215: 'Officers and enlisted men returning to the United States will be subjected to a physical examination previous to embarkation and all those found to be affected with venereal disease in a communicable stage will be detained and placed in…

This poster invokes the family to promote continence among servicemen.

This poster features an image of a serviceman at the grave of a comrade to promote social hygiene.

This poster warns servicemen about prostitutes and encourages continence.

This social hygiene poster shows a serviceman in a hospital bed who has been sidelined because of VD. The line "Not in the Line of Duty" refers to the fact that soldiers who were ill due to venereal disease were not considered to be injured in the…

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. An image of Uncle Same warns that VD can threaten the war effort.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It invokes the family who awaits them at home to emphasize continence.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen. It features the image of a wife or sweetheart to emphasize continence.

This is a WWI social hygiene poster directed to servicemen.

This poster warns soldiers stationed in Asia to avoid VD through abstinence or prophylaxis use.

"Abstinence is the safest measure! Otherwise: 1. Use a contraceptive (rubber) plus 2. Immedicate prophylaxis treatment (know the locations of 'pro'…

This poster tells the story of Private Blotz who contracts VD.

"Citation: George Q. Blotz, A.S.N. 00000000. Private. For conspicuous stupidity on the field of dishonor. On the night of August 4, 1942 Pvt. Blotz went to the town nearest his post.…

This poster features an image of young woman and appeals to soldiers to keep their sweethearts devotion and abstinence in mind.

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

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…

"Simple, Easy, Effective : Always Use Soap and Water First"

This poster advertises that a new prophylactic kit is available for servicemen.

"prevent venereal disease"

This poster features an image of a soldier aiming a gun and likens contracting venereal disease to sabotage.

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.

"Gonorrhea Steals Time : Use a Prophylactic : Go to a Prophylactic Station"

A large hand labeled gonorrhea reaches for a clock. The poster advises audiences to use prophylaxis.
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