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March of Dimes History

Fighting polio stamp

Coin collecting poster from March of Dimes

On this day, March 26, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine. Two years later, the vaccine was released nationally in the US. Major funding for Salk's research came from the March of Dimes Foundation, which was set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 58,000 cases of polio were reported in 1952; 3,145 people had died from it in that year.

Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song, is seen here performing. In 1958, on a television public service announcement, Ella Fitzgerald asked viewers to support the 1958 March of Dimes, and its fight against polio.

Elvis helped promote polio vaccinations for the March of Dimes (MOD). He was photographed with the organisation's poster girl, Joanne Wilson, and also having his polio vaccination.

Great post on Charles H. Bynum and his path-breaking work of outreach to African-Americans throughout the United States helped to ensure that black children and adults received proper medical care in polio epidemics.

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