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The caption in this poster is in Italian. Lamenting that contracting VD is a sad end to a furlough, it also warns viewers to use prophylaxis.

This poster warns men to avoid promiscuous women. It also includes a map of prophylaxis station locations.

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

This poster features an image of a woman smoking outside of a "juke joint" and warns audiences that she is a source of VD.

This is a planning sketch for an exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair.

This photograph shows an exhibit about syphilis titled, "The Shadow on the Land" that appeared at the 1939 World's Fair. It features a large microscope, photographs of family and children, and a map of the United States. Fair visitors are shown…

This is an article by R.A. Vonderlehr in Survey Graphic giving an update on the state of syphilis control in the US.

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

The poster shows a woman outside a dance hall smoking and associates her with venereal 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.

This poster juxtaposes an image of Hirohito and an silhouette of a young woman, warning that they are both threats to the war effort. It also uses statistics to convey the significant cost of venereal disease.

"Men of the armed forces...guard…

"...Whether or Not You Get a Venereal Disease You Still Are Gambling With the Freedom of Your Country by Your Carelessness"This poster warns soldiers that failing to use prophylaxis threatens the nation.

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 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…

These images are from a pamphlet created for African American audiences. It includes information about causes, symptoms, testing, treatment, and effects. While it does use the word "syphilis" a few times, it primarily uses the phrase "bad blood" to…

This cartoon warns that women with venereal disease are threats to military men. Two women are shown waiting on a corner, smoking. They are labeled "gonorrhea" and "syphilis." A sign shows that military bases are nearby.

"pick-ups spread Syphilis and Gonorrhea"

This poster warns servicemen to avoid pick-ups, sources of VD.

This cartoon presents prostitutes as a threat to the health of servicemen and the war effort. The female figure is labeled "venereal carrier."

This poster features an image of a woman and warns that VD is easy to catch.

This poster warns that prostitution spreads venereal disease.

An image of a young girl with a crutch along with the caption warns viewers of the effects of syphilis.
LOC Notes: Produced for the town of Hempstead Health Dept.
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