Fantastically Frightening Vintage STD Posters

During World War II the servicemen suffered quite a bit from the dangers of unprotected sex. In response the U.S. government commissioned this wonderfully horrific set of posters. Meant to scare the soldiers straight with such taglines as “Men who know…say no to prostitutes” and “A minute with Venus. A year with Mercury!”

Brilliant, pure genius. I know these “propaganda” posters would make be think twice before bunking up with the local floozie. I think the current government should re-release a campaign like this. How fun would that be to see these littering the walls of the subway. In my opinion advertising and messages have become more politically correct without good reason. If a message communicates then it communicates…you might as well be upfront about it. Either way…I find these to be terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

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3 Responses to “Fantastically Frightening Vintage STD Posters”

  1. Griddick says:

    Damn, I wish I had seen these before I met that good time girl last night.

  2. A says:

    “As old as creation”…. backed up by depictions of dinosaurs. I don’t think they were trying to be funny, but I enjoyed it.

  3. tutu skirts says:

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