Sepia Saturday


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.

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Source LOC, Washington, DC, 1918

Above Red Cross nurses in Washington, DC

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Internet  Archives, p 607 of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, 1919

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LOC, nurse working in Walter Reed Hospital’s Influenza Ward, 1918

can't ride trolley

LOC, Seattle, circa 1918

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.


Compulsory mask – State Library of New South Wales, 1919

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

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LOC, Flu Fighters, Montenegro, 1918

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.