Time for this week’s Sepia Saturday post and a time to take a look back in history. Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share images and posts of bygone days. This week we’re inspired to find photos based on the photo above, photos that show healthcare workers.
Above Red Cross nurses in Washington, DC
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No mask, no streetcar. In Seattle during the Spanish flu one had to have a face mask if you wanted to get on a streetcar.
The Flickr Commons entry has this note:
The skull and crossbones on the mask was a joke, not part of the mask as issued, in an attempt to halt the disease. 12,000 died in Australia and between 20-100 million around the world, more than were killed in the War
Healthcare workers with the American Red Cross. They went to Montenegro to care for small pox and typhus patients. Then the Spanish Flu broke out and brought them more patients.
Great photos. Keeping people off the streetcars without masks was a good idea. I wonder how well that was received? They need to so that again!
When I first started learning about the Spanish flu in my early years of doing genealogy, I do not recall seeing photos of people in masks. Now we are reminded how similar our days and lives are to those in 1918.
Excellent set of photos with the earlier pandemic and how efforts were made to mask as protection, and how health care workers wore them as well.
A good choice of photos that not only fit the prompt but tie right into what we’re currently going through. Nice job!
I’ve read a lot about the Great Influenza pandemic and the doctors and nurses who cared for the sick were incredibly courageous. Especially because of the limitations of medical science then. The virus did not originate in Spain either, but in Kansas.
The vintage photos really bring that 102-year-old epidemic alive for us.