Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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The billboard in this photograph emphasizes that men should stay healthy to help contribute to the war effort.

"V.D. (Venereal Diseases) Can Be Cured : Go to Your Doctor or Clinic Today"

This is a page from a health newsletter created for workers by a industrial health program in Fort Greene, an area in Brooklyn, NY. Each issue focused on different health issue. Two of the issues this year were on syphilis.

"Recent studies of 216,000 industrial workers show an average of 2.98% syphilitic"

This poster shows the prevalence of syphilis among different groups of workers.

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 comic strip shows the initiation of an industry syphilis control program. It makes clear that screening employees for syphilis improves efficiency and that results will be confidential.

"He took treatments regularly. He didn't."

This poster contrasts the fate of two men with syphilis. It shows a happy man who got treatment and a man on crutches who did not.

"--But He Didn't Pay Much Attention to His Body--He Caught Syphilis! : Play Safe--Guard Against VD"

This poster cautions workers to avoid syphilis.

This poster urges servicemen and industrial workers alike that it is their duty to remain healthy.

This cartoon conveys that venereal disease threatens workers and therefore undermines the war effort.

"Get a blood test for Syphilis"

This poster advises audiences to be tested.

"Help Employees Get Blood Tests"

The poster promotes syphilis tests by employers.

"Enlist employees in a campaign against it"

This poster urges workers to get involved in anti-syphilis efforts.

"Dont Lose Your Pay"

This poster warns viewers that syphilis can cause lead to loss of income.
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