ID#: 17491
Commissioned by John Wyeth & Brother, Inc., in 1943, renowned illustrator Arthur Szyk created this poster, depicting the caricatures of general of the Imperial Japanese Army, Hideki Tojo, leader of Germany’s Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, and Italy’s leader of the National Fascist Party, Benito Mussolini discussing how American soldiers might acquire, and subsequently succumb to the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) syphilis, chancroid, and gonorrhea. Three small insets depicted photomicrographic representations of these microorganisms in situ. Two cartouches show Hideki Tojo saying, “American soldiers could catch it with ease.”, while Hitler responds, “But prophylaxis prevents disease.” Posters like this one, were a tried and true method for the dissemination of information, not only with regards to STDs, but vaccinations, recommended hygiene practices, and the avoidance of foodborne illnesses, as well.
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Content Provider(s): CDC
Creation Date: 1943
Photo Credit: Arthur Szyk
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