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An army sick ward of flu patients.

Influenza Epidemic of 1918: During 1918's final four months an extraordinarily virulent influenza strain blazed across the Globe, killing as many as a hundred million people, six-percent of the World's population. PHOTO: Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California. Crowded sleeping area extemporized on the Drill Hall floor of the Main Barracks with sneeze screens erected as a precaution against the spread of influenza.

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia. - October 10, 1885

Spanish Influenza in the Army sick ward.

young California man

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.

Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

California as an island -from an old map, created when California was believed to be an island.

Civil War soldier from California