Design: Syphilis Posters from the ’40’s

Syphilis was a huge public health concern up until the late 1940’s when the cure – Penicillin, became readily available and easily administered. With thousands of infected WWII soldiers coming back from over seas it was time for a campaign to let them know they could be treated. So, the 1940’s equivilant of the internet was employed, as hundreds of different posters and ad campaigns were distributed throughout the country. The concepts were many, ‘Don’t let your unborn child get it’, ‘Don’t be ashamed’, ‘ Don’t sleep with dirty whores’ and ‘Get to a Dr. right now, before you’re a cripple’. All surprisingly straight forward for the 1940’s.

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AND THE CREEPIEST SYPHILIS POSTER IS …..

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Posted on January 27, 2013, in Graphic Design and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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