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Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California. "Do Not Spit On The Floor, To Do So May Spread Disease" sign on the balcony edge of the Drill Hall floor of the Main Barracks, which is in use as an extemporized sleeping area.

1920s Former Farm Girl -- Frances Taylor visits the family farm after living in the big city of San Francisco, and hams it up. from MeraM's flickr stream.

San Francisco Chinatown circa 1900 A family servant walks an elaborately dressed young boy along a street in San Francisco's Chinatown -- possibly a holiday trip to visit relatives. Photograph by Arnold Genthe.

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Boxing Match on a Ship With Spectators Wearing Masks

Boxing match on the U.S.S. Siboney's forecastle, while she was at sea in the Atlantic Ocean, transporting troops to or from France in 1918-1919. Spectators are wearing masks as a precaution against the spread of influenza.

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A Street Car Conductor Not Allowing Passengers Aboard Without a Mask

A street car conductor denies a passenger access to a street car in Seatle in 1918, because he has no mask during the Flu pandemic of 1918-1919.

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Medical Personnel Giving Treatment to an Influenza Patient

Masked medical personnel giving treatment to an influenza patient. U.S. Naval Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Circa autumn 1918)

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A Sign That States: Careless Spitting, Coughing, Sneezing Spreads Influenza

This is from the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic.

Tuberculosis, known as consumption, was a problem in the 19th century and many sufferers traveled to different climates in search of “pulmonary health.” The author of Among the Boers chose to explore South Africa to combat tuberculosis. The book is illustrated with the author’s black and white photographs of South Africa. It was his hope that the book would be interesting “for the general reader…and for persons in search of a climate suitable for threatened, or actual pulmonary disease.”

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Photograph (1894) of the head of a man aged 39 years, who had contracted #syphilis 12 years previously

31 Beautiful Photos Of Life In San Francisco's Chinatown In The '50s/Cars driving through Chinatown

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Liberty Loan Parade at Philadelphia

The highly contagious Spanish Flu had reached Philadelphia just before the Liberty Loan parade was held on Sept. 28, 1918. This parade, with its associated dense gatherings of people, contributed significantly to the massive outbreak of influenza which struck Philadelphia a few days later.

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Vintage Nurse Photograph, Slender Waist Nurse Uniforme Photo

Vintage Nurse Photograph c 1930s-1940s