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Last week, we marveled at the unnerving Chinese health posters from 1933 that showed the human body as a kind of bizarre factory. But those aren't the only weird and somewhat horrifying health posters out there. Here are a dozen or so more vintage public health posters.

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Posters by Pearl Turner for Michigan Department of Health, 1924

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(via Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

As old as creation, USA, 1936

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(via Library of Congress)

Report dog bites, designed by Earl Schuler, 1941

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Knock out V.D., by John Wyeth, 1942

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Know Your Enemy series, WWII

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(via National Museum of Health and Medicine)

Cover your cough, WWII

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(via Digital Poster Collection)

Thus begins an epidemic, Denmark

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(via History of Medicine)

Don't strip tease for Anopheles, an American WWII poster

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(via Wikimedia Commons)

You MAY Get A Harmful Dose IF You Do Not Follow Safe Methods — a poster from the Y-12 National Security Complex, a complex built as a part of the Manhattan Project, and operated as a manufacturing facility for nuclear weapons components and related defense purposes during WWII.

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Terrible disease of the diphtheria – Send patients to the hospital as soon as possible and take inoculation before getting infection

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(via University of Kansas Medical Center)

Go get your smallpox vaccination, c. 1956

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(via U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Come and get BCG vaccine inoculation right away, c. 1965

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