Venereal Disease Visual History Archive

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"Children! They are the only real wealth that the nation possesses. Will any one contend that every child's heritage should not be a healthy mind and body? Yet hundreds of thousands of them are denied this heritage, just as hundreds of thousands of…

This photograph shows a display in a pharmacy window. It includes posters, infographics, and objects related to syphilis control.

This brochure shows the PHS version of the "Keeping Fit" poster exhibit for young men.

This infographic shows the different ways to prevent prostitution.

This infographic presents the steps industry should take to help control syphilis among their employees and within the community. It is featured in the NSHD broadside.

"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 poster conveys that prostitution spreads venereal disease to servicemen. A soldier is labeled "The Young, The Brave, The Strong." The woman speaking is labeled prostitution. Behind her stand two female figures with skeletal faces identified as…

"Prostitution spreads venereal disease"

This poster informs viewers that commercial prostitution spreads syphilis and gonorrhea. It promotes the eradication of the system.

"Build--Better Health Better Homes Better Communities : Prevent--Venereal Diseases Promiscuity Prostitution : National Social Hygiene Day"

"In Prostitution : In Marriage"

This infographic shows how syphilis is spread in prostitution and marriage. These graphics are based on case records from the NY State Department of Health. The image is from a reprint of the July 1936 article…

This poster warns that prostitution spreads venereal disease.

"About SYPHILIS..We know : 1. The Cause (Spirochetes) 2. How it is Spread 3. And How it May Be Cured"

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. This graphic summarizes the information included in the pamphlet about the cause,…

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