Dressing for an Edwardian Pandemic: The Spanish Flu of 1918

As the influenza pandemic, known colloquially as “la grippe” or the Spanish Flu, spread across the globe, governments and health officials immediately began to call for the use of masks as a solution to keep more people from getting sick. Soon, the streets were filled with people wearing these gauze masks, much to the tut-tutting …

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Living With ‘Enza: The Spanish Flu Pandemic, 1918-1919

By the close of the Great War, death had become a constant companion for both military personnel and civilians alike, yet no one expected that long after the ceasing of hostilities, between 50 to 100 million people worldwide would be struck dead by a seemingly harmless strain of influenza. Yet, just as quickly as the …

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