Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vintage Venereal: WPA Era

As I looked through vintage public health posters for this post, I realized that campaigns against venereal disease changed dramatically from the 1930s to the 1940s. On some of these posters you can see they were created by the WPA, which means they are probably from the 1930's. Others I can't verify, but they have a similar theme: get tested and treated for yourself, your family, your job, your future. There are some posters which actually reference the potential for syphilis to harm your children. There is even one poster which acknowledges that wives are at risk within marriage. Look at the next post on World War II era posters and see the difference a war makes.

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