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The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Photos From a Century Ago
 
1.Policemen stand in a street in Seattle, Washington, wearing protective masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic in 1918. #

1.Policemen stand in a street in Seattle, Washington, wearing protective masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic in 1918. #

2.Original caption from the National Archives: "February, 1919. U.S. Army at Archangel Front, Russia. Funeral of member of crew of U.S.S. Ascutney. Three members died in Archangel and many were sick with influenza." #

2.Original caption from the National Archives: "February, 1919. U.S. Army at Archangel Front, Russia. Funeral of member of crew of U.S.S. Ascutney. Three members died in Archangel and many were sick with influenza." #

3.Combating influenza in Seattle in 1918, workers wearing masks on their faces in a Red Cross room. #

3.Combating influenza in Seattle in 1918, workers wearing masks on their faces in a Red Cross room. #

4.Corpsmen in caps and gowns ready to attend patients in the influenza ward of the U.S. Naval Hospital on Mare Island, California, on December 10, 1918. #

4.Corpsmen in caps and gowns ready to attend patients in the influenza ward of the U.S. Naval Hospital on Mare Island, California, on December 10, 1918. #

5.Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918. #

5.Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918. #

6.Left: A conductor checks to see if potential passengers are wearing required masks in Seattle, in 1918. Right: A mask is worn by a street sweeper in New York in 1918. The admonition of the New York Health Board to wear masks to check the spread of influenza epidemic was: "Better ridiculous than dead." #

6.Left: A conductor checks to see if potential passengers are wearing required masks in Seattle, in 1918. Right: A mask is worn by a street sweeper in New York in 1918. The admonition of the New York Health Board to wear masks to check the spread of influenza epidemic was: "Better ridiculous than dead." #

7.A typist wears her influenza mask in October of 1918. Worried by the hold that disease had taken in New York City, practically all workers covered their faces in gauze masks as a protection against disease. #

7.A typist wears her influenza mask in October of 1918. Worried by the hold that disease had taken in New York City, practically all workers covered their faces in gauze masks as a protection against disease. #

8.An open-air barber shop. Public events were encouraged to be held outdoors to hinder the spread of the disease during the influenza epidemic. Photographed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919. #

8.An open-air barber shop. Public events were encouraged to be held outdoors to hinder the spread of the disease during the influenza epidemic. Photographed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919. #

9.Court is held in the open air in San Francisco in 1918. #

9.Court is held in the open air in San Francisco in 1918. #

10.Physics class, University of Montana, Missoula, 1919. During the influenza epidemic, classes were held outdoors. #

10.Physics class, University of Montana, Missoula, 1919. During the influenza epidemic, classes were held outdoors. #

 
 
 
 
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