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This film begins with the story of a young Italian-American couple whose baby is stillborn due to syphilis. It also tells the story of a young man who contracts the illness from a brothel. The film explains the effects of syphilis, emphasizes the…

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 comic poster shows a number of servicemen at a diner. One talks to a woman sitting alone but another soldier picks her up and leaves with her. While the original man is upset that the other stole his pick-up, the other men explain that he was…

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

This poster warns soldiers to avoid pick-ups. It shows a man with a sore on his lip.

"Avoid VD"

This poster warns servicemen not to make assumptions about pick-ups and assume they don't have VD.

"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.

"VD is not Victory : Loose Women may also be LOADED with Disease"

This poster advises audiences to avoid pick-ups because they may be diseased.

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"'NO'S, the best tactic...the next, PROPHYLACTIC!"

"A Toast to Hitler and Hirohito"

A prostitute in heavy makeup toasts a glass of champagne labeled "venereal diseases." The poster also equates pick-ups, street walkers, and prostitutes with the Axis.

"1 Careless with a Pick-Up 2 Carless with a Prophylactic"

In this poster, Uncle Same warns servicemen about pick-ups and using prophylaxis.

This comic features two sailors. One picks up women all around the world and ends up sick. The other ignores other women and returns home to his sweetheart.

In this comic a sailor contracts VD from a pick-up, uses quack medicine to try and cure the illness, and then is sick in the midst of battle. Later his fellow sailors chastise him and tell him to see the medical officer.

In this comic strip, sailors are eager to make it to land so they can meet some women. One sailor picks up a woman in the park at night but flees later when he sees her in the light and she is unattractive. As the sailor runs away, another quips that…

"Don't Take Chances Without a 'Pro'"

This poster warns servicemen to always use prophylaxis so they don't miss out on fighting the Japanese.

In this comic strip one sailor is interested in picking up a woman at a cafe. His friends warn him that you can catch venereal disease from pick-ups. One of the sailors ends up in the VD ward after leaving with the woman.

In this comic strip two marines discuss how another contracted VD from a pick-up.

"Avoid exposure : Avoid pickups and prostitutes : If exposed, use prophylaxis : If infected, see a medical officer"

This poster warns servicemen not to let down the "team" by contracting VD from a pick-up.
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