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Anti-Prostitution Posters, World War II
Retronaut ^ | Retronaut

Posted on 07/08/2012 2:29:58 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Anti-Prostitution Posters, World War II

Emphasizing the relationship between patriotism, morality, health preservation, and disease prevention, images of the infected soldier and disease-carrying prostitute in posters during the First and Second World Wars came to symbolize both moral failure and social decay. The following posters use images of "loose" women, patriotic iconography, and frightening symbols to grab the attention of the viewer and inspire behavior modification. These images not only reflected attitudes, values, and beliefs about the causes and consequences of venereal disease but also affected responses to the problem.

(Note: Most these photos link back to Retronaut; added are a few more photos and text discovered from the NIH and other sites)

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Boobytrap - Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Red Lady - Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Shady Lady - Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Venereal Disease Poster, WWII

Girl Next Door - Anti-Venereal Disease Poster, WWII

Barfly Gal - Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII

Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWII


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; Government; Health/Medicine; History; Military/Veterans; Reference; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: chastity; gonorrhea; modernhistory; napl; prostitute; prostitution; retro; saltpeter; shadylady; std; syphilis; venerealdisease; worldwar2; ww2
French Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWI

U.S. Anti-Prostitution Poster, WWI

A couple more ... one French, the other American from World War I

1 posted on 07/08/2012 2:30:07 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Anti-Syphillis Poster 1940 Bonus: Anti-Syphillis Poster 1940
2 posted on 07/08/2012 2:31:08 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Other references ...

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/visualculture/venereal.html

http://www.medicalbillingschool.org/blog/50-vintage-std-propaganda-posters


3 posted on 07/08/2012 2:32:33 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Sounds like a big problem back then. Say it now like that and you’ll probably be sued and/or strung up for a hate crime.


4 posted on 07/08/2012 2:37:48 PM PDT by BobL
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To: DogByte6RER

Hahahaha...thanks so much, these are great! I liked the “Booby Trap” one...:)


5 posted on 07/08/2012 2:42:37 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: DogByte6RER

Heh, heh, where’s Veronika Dankeschoen? And don’t forget the general order against fraternization with them fraulein gals!

On a serious note, there were surely many women in the occupation zones who were forced into prostitution just to survive.


6 posted on 07/08/2012 3:07:44 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: DogByte6RER
The one of VD as a couple of corpses reminds me a bit of this pre-WW2 political cartoon:

The caption is missing, but it's "Come on in...I used to know your daddy."

7 posted on 07/08/2012 3:18:45 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Badmovies.org has a clip from an anti-VD training film from 1942 that’s pretty interesting, too:

http://www.badmovies.org/movies/shipshame/

The clip as at the bottom of the review (site owner is touchy about hotlinking directly to the clips).


8 posted on 07/08/2012 3:23:47 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m sorry but the second poster with the clinched fist made me laugh out loud...!


9 posted on 07/08/2012 4:00:24 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: DogByte6RER

These are awesome, thanks for sharing.


10 posted on 07/08/2012 4:07:54 PM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com -- OpenCarry.org)
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To: DogByte6RER

Interesting since it is well known that the DOD imported prostitutes to Hawaii to service the military men.


11 posted on 07/08/2012 4:10:48 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


12 posted on 07/08/2012 4:23:51 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

My brother-in-law, (now deceased) said that in WWII pickup girls were known as “Victory girls”.


13 posted on 07/08/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Juke Joint Sniper

Great line - Great poster.

14 posted on 07/08/2012 4:47:47 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

My dad was a sailor in WWII and said that at ports of call there was a barrel of condoms at the top of the gang-way for those heading out on liberty.


15 posted on 07/08/2012 5:02:47 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: DogByte6RER; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
"Prostitution, what a business! You've got, you sell it...you've still got it!"
--Rodney Dangerfield


16 posted on 07/08/2012 5:56:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

17 posted on 07/08/2012 7:33:53 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Some better start using these posters in Florida :)

STDs are on the rise amongst Fla. seniors: “In Central Florida, where The Villages and other retirement communities sprawl across several counties, reported cases of syphilis and chlamydia increased 71 percent among those 55 and older in that same period. And South Florida saw a 60 percent rise in those two sexually transmitted infections among the same age group, according to the Florida Department of Health.” (Orlando Sentinel)

18 posted on 07/08/2012 7:39:52 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The ads seem to go from

“Don’t visit prostitutes”

“At least wear a condom”

“[Wife] I got infected but I got treated”

:/


19 posted on 07/08/2012 7:54:25 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

And now they got posters warning to use a condom - with two guys holding hands heading upstairs. (Well - I wouldn’t put it past them).


20 posted on 07/08/2012 8:02:14 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: DogByte6RER

Really cool pics. Thanks.


21 posted on 07/08/2012 11:32:31 PM PDT by paudio (OTP: Why do people want to rehire a mechanic who clearly only made their car worse than before?)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
Gonnerea needa newa setta posters for today's military.

In the Navy!
You can polish up the brass!
In the Navy!
You can take it up the A**!!!

22 posted on 07/09/2012 1:12:42 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: DemforBush

Back in the 80’s we actually had a 16mm copy of that film at my Navy command!!!


23 posted on 07/09/2012 3:50:42 AM PDT by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: fredhead

Ha! That’s awesome. :-)

Btw, thank you for service!


24 posted on 07/09/2012 4:03:14 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: BobL

this was more to stop troop loses from having to treat the diseases. i think the british army in north africa and italy had vd camps where soldiers would be held and humiliated until cured and returned to the front.


25 posted on 07/09/2012 9:10:52 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I can guess what’s coming...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTwq1_9VH68


26 posted on 07/09/2012 3:32:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: bravo whiskey

“this was more to stop troop loses from having to treat the diseases.”

Agree. Back in those days the thought was to win first, and then worry about New World Orders and getting the masses to love you.

My how things have changed...


27 posted on 07/09/2012 4:59:50 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

I thought you were going to post this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOLLLbekec
VD is for Everyone
“This 1970s Commercial for the Ad Council give a real cross section of America. A snappy tune to boot. Digitally Enhanced.”


28 posted on 07/10/2012 7:32:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: a fool in paradise

From “Johnny Dangerously”

Your Testes and You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7jMk7x7Hok


29 posted on 07/10/2012 7:37:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: a fool in paradise

That video has some very disturbing implications. I prefer this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDeRYmB4t6Q


30 posted on 07/10/2012 3:48:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Was it the woman and the horse that got to you?


31 posted on 07/10/2012 3:55:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: a fool in paradise

The dad-and-baby scene didn’t do the subtext any favors either.


32 posted on 07/10/2012 4:03:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DemforBush

Ned Beatty was in the film!

Now I know where he learned to squeal like a pig!


33 posted on 07/10/2012 4:24:21 PM PDT by saleman (!!!!)
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