|Zanesville Times Recorder, October 4, 1919|
One hundred years ago, in March 1920, the dreaded (and misnamed) Spanish Influenza pandemic, that began in autumn 1918, came to an end. The flu ravaged every part of the globe for a year and a half, infecting 500 million people (one-third of the world's population) and killing at least 50 million. It came in three waves, with the second one (1919) being the deadliest.
We've seen a lot of images, and heard many news stories of the personal toll taken by today's novel coronavirus. Below are photos from around the world, and headlines from the Zanesville Times-Recorder, all from the period of the Great Influenza (a more accurate name than "Spanish Flu"), that are hauntingly familiar.
|Police officers in Seattle, Washington, 1918|
|U.S. Navy corpsmen ready to receive influenza patients at U.S. Naval Hospital,|
Mare Island, California, 1918
|October 7, 1918|
|Japanese school girls wearing protective masks|
|Seattle streetcar conductor orders man to don mask|
before boarding, 1918
|October 10, 1918|
|While schools were closed, American schoolchildren made toys for war refugees|
|Serbian soldiers in an influenza ward in the Netherlands, 1918|
|February 11, 1920|
|Oakland, California Municipal Auditorium turned into|
temporary influenza hospital, 1918
|Office worker wears protective mask, 1918|
|Australian quarantine camp, 1919|
|Physic class at the University of Montana being held outside, 1919.|
The open-air was believed to prevent the spread of the disease.
|March 3, 1920|
|Emergency hospital set up in Brookline, Massachusetts to |
care for influenza patients, 1918
|Street cleaner in New York City, 1918. The NY Dept. of|
Health's motto for city workers: "Better ridiculous than dead"
|Red Cross Motor Corps transport an influenza victim in St. Louis, Missouri, 1918|
|December 11, 1918|
|Boston nurses in protective gear, spring 1919|