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Image description: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) illustrated this World War II poster for American soldiers about mosquitoes and malaria before he was a famous children’s book author. Warning: this document was created for adults fighting in war zones, and might not be considered appropriate for young kids.

Preventing malaria was a priority for the U.S. military in the South Pacific during World War II, as the debilitating disease sent more soldiers to the hospital than injuries from combat.

Published in 1943 by the U.S. Army. Digitized image courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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Image description: This photocrom shows Telemark, Norway sometime between 1890 and 1910. It was published by the Detroit Publishing Company.

Photocroms are richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually measuring 6.5 x 9 inches.

View more travel photocroms.

Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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Image description: Amelia Earhart’s Pilot License, issued May 16, 1923. Earhart achieved international celebrity as the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane in 1928. Seventy five years ago, she and a co-pilot disappeared during a flight over the Pacific.

Timed to coincide with her disappearance, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is presenting an exhibition of portraits of Earhart through May 27, 2013.

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Object on loan from the 99’s Museum of Women Pilots, Oklahoma City, OK.

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Image description: This 1969 poster from Continental Airlines promoted travel to Hawaii. In the mid 1900s, airline advertisements encouraged travelers to visit exotic destinations.

The National Air and Space Museum has a collection of more than 1,300 posters that focus on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. View more posters in the Fly Now online exhibit.

Image from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Image description: Cpl. Jack Wilson (left) and his brother, William R. Wilson, are photographed in Verdun, France on VE Day, May 7, 1945. Photo from the Veterans History Project.

William Wilson began his career with the Army in 1941. By the time he was discharged in 1945, his World War II photos had been published in Life and Look magazines and numbered in the hundreds. Learn more about Wilson and his contributions to history.

Wilson’s story and other stories from the brave men and women who served in the armed forces are available from the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. You can contribute by interviewing a veteran and submitting the story.

Contribute to the Veterans History Project or browse the stories.

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