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An army sick ward of flu patients.

Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

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.

Spanish Influenza in the Army sick ward.

31 Beautiful Photos Of Life In San Francisco's Chinatown In The '50s/Crowds strain to watch 100 foot Dragon.

Flu epidemic, 1918, Sunset, SF. (Before I come in...)

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.

An Eskimo mother is shown in profile with her child sleeping on her back. "Eskimos contracted and died from influenza in disproportionately high numbers." [Credit: The Library of Congress]

When it came to treating influenza patients, doctors, nurses and druggists were at a loss.