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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…

These photographs show young people parading around the Kips Bay Yorkville area of New York City to promote their anti-syphilis campaign. They are dressed as pilgrims and driving a horse and buggy to bring attention to outdated and backwards ideas…

This poster promotes prophylaxis.

A sword labeled prophylaxis cuts off the tentacles of an octopus labeled VD. The arms have the names of different venereal diseases on them.

This poster shows the Axis leaders and a mosquito labeled "VD" surrounding a swastika.

"A blood test and a physical examination--every year, for you and yours."

The poster reminds viewers not to forget to visit prophylaxis stations.

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…

This poster shows a giraffe dressed in a sailor uniform heading towards a prophylaxis ("Pro") station.

"Don't forget to protect yourself against Vd (Venereal Disease)"

This poster advises people to consult their physicians for information on syphilis treatment.
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