[N. p., but Hawaii? n. p. ca. 1942-1945]. First edition. Original pictorial wrappers, 8.5 x 6.25 inches, 12 pages, printed in red and blue ink. Illus. Text block separating from the wrappers; traces of gold paint, suggesting this pamphlet had a place on a working ship or base; some general soil, wear, and occasional penciling to the inside wrappers; in good, sound condition. Item #17796
“You’re taking one hell of a chance - and don’t let any fool kid you into thinking you’re not - when you play around with girls like that. Who me? You bet you! Sabe?” An altogether bluff and charming anti-VD publication, aimed at sailors in the Pacific theater (the romance of “coconuts swaying” and tropical senoritas is noted) and likely produced on base. The use of Gill Sans (or a related typeface) and bright red and blue inks, together with the humorous illustrations, together make this a charming ephemeral attack on the spread of disease in the armed forces. With mention of beating the Nazis (your odds of contracting VD from a native girl are higher than their shot at victory) and a tour de force double-page spread in large type to “always use a rubber - stateside made.” This copy personalized with service rank and an ownership signature added in ink to the front wrapper illustration, and the rear wrapper illustration given penciled-in glasses and another sailor’s name.