"Once There Was a Man"

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"Once There Was a Man"


This poster tells the story of a man who gets drunk, fails to use prophylaxis, and ends up with VD. Part of the "Rum and Women Just Don't Mix Series."

“Once there was a [man]. He thought he was a very smart [man] and said that the [posters] were just a lot of [smoke]. One night he got himself a [pass] and took a ride in a [bus] to the nearest [bar] for a couple of snorts of [rum]. Soon having had many snorts of [rum] he met a little [girl]. He was drunk and she was willing so he -- CENSORED!. It didn’t take long to find out that he had really met [clap] and [siff] all because he didn’t use a rubber and take a pro. He has to take treatment for 12 to 18 months or more. And now he knows he wasn’t such a smart [man] after all.”


National Archives, Record Group 112: Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), Series: Posters Promoting Venereal Disease Prevention and the Prevention of Other Diseases, circa 1942-1944.


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“"Once There Was a Man",” Venereal Disease Visual History Archive, accessed July 23, 2024, https://vdarchive.newmedialab.cuny.edu/items/show/236.


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