An Iconography of Contagion.


Above are samples of posters created during WWII era from the Public Health Service to warn troops of consequences that could derive from casual sex. Basically trying to scare those strapping soldiers from getting busy with prostitutes. The An Iconography of Contagion exibit features work from several countries on a variety of diseases like syphilis, malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. The posters will be on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington from now until December 19th.
Much of the exhibition suggests a mash-up of advertising and public health. The posters tried to convey the danger of disease and get people to change their behavior, said the curator, Michael Sappol, a historian at the library of medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.

But “they’re also about the pleasure of the image,” he continued, adding, “There have been some very sexy, colorful, playful posters about some very serious diseases.”

Read more at NY Times.

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