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This sexual education silent film addresses exercise and physical health, hygiene, hormones, anatomy, procreation, menstruation, and venereal disease. (Click on the link below to download from OPA.)

This poster warns audiences that engaging in premarital sex results in venereal disease. It is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"Men who fail to develop self-control sometimes yield to sex temptation to indulge in sexual intercourse with…

This poster describes long- and short-term social hygiene programs.

"The Hare-Emergency Program: Treatment of every carrier of syphilis infection. The Tortoise-Long-Range Educational Program: Building in children and youth habits of self-control…

This image juxtaposes two windows that represent society before and after life the promotion of social hygiene ideas. The "before" window reads "vulgar distortion of sex facts," "unsupervised amusements," "unsympathetic attitude of elders," and "low…

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 warns about being to familiar with the opposite sex. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""The Correct Dancing Position : Conventions are the fences society has built to protect you and the race : Familiarities…

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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…

"Sex Exposure Without Prophylaxis And You Lose to Venereal Disease : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster likens sex without prophylaxis to gambling.

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"Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster warns that failure to use prophylaxis threatens the war effort.

"If You Are Foolish Enough to Expose Yourself--Be Sure You Take a Prophylaxis To Prevent Venereal Disease"

This poster asserts that sex is not necessary and that men who do engage in sexual activity should use prophylaxis.

This poster urges parents to deal frankly with their children's questions about sex, connecting social hygiene education to their future success.

"If your child asks a question regarding sex, answer it simply, naturally, and in your own…

"Outbreak of syphilis infections in a rural county : Monroe County, Tennessee"

This is an epidemiological chart that shows how one syphilis epidemic spread. This image was created earlier in the 1930s. Here it appears with a new heading.

This chart shows the spread of syphilis in a rural southern community.

This graphic shows how syphilis was spread among people in NYC. It shows "normal," homosexual, and "family and other" contacts.

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.
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