"From the April 23, 1945 feature on the new plastic with "memory" - "Plexiglas canopy forms a transparent oxygen "tent" in hospital bed. Oxygen is fed from metal tank through back of tent" - LIFE magazine. (Andreas Feininger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE" by life
This photograph shows General Robert E. Lee. The picture was taken by Mathew Brady, shortly after Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Lee is wearing his confederate uniform. At the time the photograph was taken, it was unclear what punishment might be given to Lee for his pivotal role in the Civil War.
A grim reminder of bygone times is captured in this photo of an iron lung donated by the Kiwanis Club to the Alamance County community in the late 1940s. A polio epidemic sent many from our area into wheelchairs or an iron lung like the one shown here.