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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.