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"Guard them against syphilis, Get a blood test today"

This poster advises audiences to get a blood test. It features an image of an African American mother and her baby.

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 poster featuring a happy newlywed couple advises people to be tested for syphilis before marriage.

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 poster warns audiences that women may spread syphilis and gonorrhea.

This poster urges young men to remain abstinent until marriage, keeping in mind that they expect the same from their future wife. It is part of the "Keeping Fit" poster series.

"Have you a right to go to the marriage altar demanding honor and…

This cartoon conveys that California is addressing venereal disease.

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This chart shows the results of an epidemiological investigation of cases of syphilis.

"A physician in a middlewestern city asked the State Health Department to trace the source of infection in 3 cases of newly acquired infectious syphilis in his…

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 advises women where to seek out information when arriving in a new city. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life.""In A Strange City : For a suitable place to stay and for other information ask the "Traveler's Aid"…

This poster encourages young women to socialize with young men around their family and friends. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Decent good times lead to more good times because they promote permanent friendships :…

This poster explains how men may transmit gonorrhea to their family and that children can be blinded by the illness. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"If the mother has gonorrhea, her child may be blinded at birth :…

This poster warns women about congenital syphilis. It is part of a larger poster series called "Youth and Life."

"Every child has a right to be well-born : If the father or the mother has syphilis, the child may be born or defective"

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…

The brochure shows the different posters included in a version of the "Keeping Fit" health exhibit created for African American men.

This poster warns servicemen about prostitutes and encourages 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 is the cover page of a broadside created and distributed for National Social Hygiene Day. It's headline addresses the year's theme--quackery.
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