Look familiar? A newspaper chart showing a spike in deaths in major cities in fall 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic.
Wearing a face mask at work during the Spanish flu.
A health worker during the Spanish flu.
Face masks of the era (1918).
Citizens wore all sorts of interesting face masks during the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919.
Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with Spanish flu at a hospital ward in 1918. There are striking similarities between the 1918 pandemic and today’s. (Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine)
A street car conductor in Seattle in 1918 refusing to board passengers who are not wearing masks.
Boston Red Cross nurses and volunteers assembled gauze influenza masks for use at hard-hit Camp Devens in Massachusetts in October 1918.
American Red Cross nurses tend to flu patients in temporary wards set up inside Oakland Municipal Auditorium, 1918. (Photo by Edward A. “Doc” Rogers via Oakland Public Library)