Why the masks all look so similar in “Spanish Flu” pictures: Mask-wearing during the 1918 influenza pandemic

Open air barber shop during influenza epidemic. National Archives and Records Administration / Public domain
Elevator operator in New York City, NY, wearing mask.
National Archives and Records Administration / Public domain
“New mask design” from the Red Cross.
Published in The Washington Times on September 27, 1918
Printed in the Rock Island Argus on April 10, 1918.
Published in Public Health Reports, September 13, 1918.

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Professor of Media Studies in the School of Journalism & Strategic Media. Studies epidemics and other health issues, media and popular culture.

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Katherine A. Foss

Katherine A. Foss

Professor of Media Studies in the School of Journalism & Strategic Media. Studies epidemics and other health issues, media and popular culture.

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