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March of Dimes History

March of Dimes History

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The military and the March of Dimes

Fighting polio stamp

Coin collecting poster from March of Dimes

Marilyn Monroe with one of our polio posters.

Virginia Apgar and prematurity

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for the March of Dimes

The history of The 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.

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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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O'Connor count dimes at White House desk; 1944

A history of the March of Dimes | March of Dimes

WalkAmerica 2007

Send a Dime to the President. Fight Infantile Paralysis.

NCSU WalkAmerica 2007

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.


Poster child

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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Happy Birthday, FDR!

The history of The March of Dimes

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