Juke Joint Sniper

Title

Juke Joint Sniper

Description

In this 1942 poster by Ferree, a striking blonde woman lights up a cigarette in front of a bar. The woman has blond hair and wears a short-sleeved steel blue dress, pink bracelet, and blue ring. She has a dark red purse tucked between her arm and body, freeing up her hands to hold matches and light the cigarette dangling from her mouth. Standing alone, the image does not necessarily communicate a negative message. The headline, however, makes it clear that this is a warning-this is not just any woman, she is a dangerous threat, indicated by the military-inspired epithet "Juke Joint Sniper." In this poster the "pick up girl" is labeled as the source of syphilis and gonorrhea.

This poster is based upon the subject of Sexually transmitted disease prevention & control. The Government issued this poster during WW II to warn American servicemen of the dangers that come with "loose women" and urging them to protect themselves for the sake of the country.

Creator

National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine / Ferree

Date

1942

Source

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b1/3e/20/b13e2019a37735144cfb8e52c17561f5.jpg

Rights

Source: Visual Culture and Public Health Posters. (n.d.). U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved Oct 15, 2012, from http://1.usa.gov/eTKIXQ

Publisher

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Contributor

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

English

Type

Poster

Identifier

Feree, Women, Disease, STD Prevention & Control, STDs, World War II

Coverage

United States

Files

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b1/3e/20/b13e2019a37735144cfb8e52c17561f5.jpg

Reference

National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine / Ferree, Juke Joint Sniper, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1942

Cite As

National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine / Ferree, “Juke Joint Sniper,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 11, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/223.