Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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This poster shows syphilis and gonorrhea gremlins chaining up a serviceman.

"Suspect! PRO-tect!"

This poster advises servicemen to avoid VD.

"Learn How to Protect Your Family and Community From Them"

This poster shows syphilis and gonorrhea bombs falling on a community and encourages audiences to participate in the fight against them.

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

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

"Simple, Easy, Effective"

Cpl. Emax announces that a military has a new Pro Kit.

This poster warns audiences to use prophylaxis.

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease!"This poster advises servicemen to use soap, silver, a mercury--prophlyaxis--to prevent VD.

"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.

"He Let His Buddies Down By Getting a Venereal Disease : Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

This poster advises servicemen that they are letting down their fellow men if they contract VD and that prophylaxis will prevent it.

"Don't Let Your Team Down! Don't Let V.D. Put You on the Sidelines!"

This poster advises servicemen that they are letting down their fellow men if they contract VD.

This image conveys that venereal disease is a threat to industrial production and the war effort. Gonorrhea and syphilis appear as planes bombing a factory while a worker looks on.

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

"Remember -- 80% of venereal infections were acquired from pickups!"

This poster warns servicemen that contracting VD from pick-ups is common and may prevent them from contributing to the war effort.

"Pick-ups Spread Syphilis and Gonorrhea : If you have sex relations... 1. Use a rubber; Urinate afterwards and wash your privates with plenty of soap and water at once. 2. Go to a Prophylaxis Station immediately if possible."

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"Number 6 stopped by venereal disease."

This cartoon conveys to servicemen that their illness can undermine military operations.
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