Vintage Photos Captured People Gargling To Against The Flu From The Early 20th Century – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

Vintage Photos Captured People Gargling To Against The Flu From The Early 20th Century

Children at Sneed Road school gargling as a defense against influenza, 1931.

Getty Images

The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years. In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number – and perhaps five times as many – in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical holocaust in history.”

h/t: vintag.es

As protection against the influenza virus, men are seen gargling with salt and water after a day spent working in the War Garden at Camp Dix, New Jersey, September 1918. This was a preventative measure against the influenza epidemic that had spread to army camps.

Getty Images

Experts believe between 50 and 100 million people were killed. More than two-thirds of them died in a single 10-week period in the autumn of 1918.

Practicing gargling at the spa resort of the Allier, Vichy, France, ca. 1915.

Getty Images

Never have so many died so swiftly from a single disease. In the United States alone, it killed about 675,000 in about a year – the same number who have died of AIDS in nearly 40 years.

Staff at the Mutual Property Insurance Co., in London, gargling under the supervision of a trained nurse, teaching the staff to safeguard themselves from influenza, 1932. Hygienic paper cups are used and tablets are also provided.

Getty Images

As the country muddles through a particularly nasty flu season – one that the Centers for Disease Control says has killed 24 children in the first three weeks of January and 37 since the start of the flu season – the 1918 nightmare serves a reminder. If a virulent enough strain were to emerge again, a century of modern medicine might not save millions from dying.

Sailors from the training ship ‘Warspite’ gargling to prevent flu, 1933.

Getty Images

As protection against the influenza virus, here are vintage pictures of people are seen gargling with salt and water after a day spent working.

Female telephone operators gargling with disinfectant in London, England, 1933. Protective action of the public authorities to defend influenza.

Getty Images

Two young cadets at the Royal Nautical School, Portishead, Somerset, gargling as a preventative measure against an influenza epidemic, 1934.

Getty Images

A group of children gargle at school to help the prevention of influenza, 1935.

Getty Images

Little schoolchildren gargling their throats as a precaution against the influenza epidemic in England, 1935.

Getty Images

Soldiers of the Welsh regiment stationed at Cardiff Barracks having a morning gargle as a preventive measure against flu, 1937. This has proved very successful as there have only been three reported cases.

Getty Images

Soldiers in the Welsh Guards gargle each morning as a precaution against the flu, 1937.

Getty Images

Officers and men of the Welsh Regiment carrying out a daily gargle at Cardiff Barracks as a precaution against influenza, 1937.

Getty Images

Hygiene measures Collective gargling by nurses to prevent colds, 1937.

Getty Images

Soldiers in the Welsh Guards are required to gargle each morning as a precaution against the flu, 1937.

Getty Images

A miner at the Houghton Main Colliery, Yorkshire, has an anti-flu gargle after work, in front of a notice that advises him to do so, to avoid the serious epidemic that has effected miners at many neighboring collieries, 1937.

Getty Images

A crowd of sailor cadets aboard the HMS Arethusa enjoy their daily gargle, taken as a preventative measure against flu. Upnor, England, 1938.

Getty Images

Children of Danygraig nursery school, Swansea, gargling as a precaution against flu in winter weather, 1938.

Getty Images

A line of soldiers from the York and Lancaster Regiment, seen here gargling on the parade ground in an attempt to ward off the flu, 1939.

Getty Images

Nurses gargling to prevent flu at the Booth Hall Hospital, Manchester, while another gets a throat spray, 1939. A wave of influenza has followed the sudden changes in the weather. Doctors and public authorities in Manchester are working overtime preparing protective measures.

Getty Images

New recruits seen here gargling with mouth washing, October 1939

Getty Images

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Design You Trust Facebook page. You won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

40 Fabulous Photos of Kim Basinger in the 1970s
Woodcarvers Create Christmas Masterpieces
Gisele Bundchen in New Inspiring Photo Session
Photographer Scott Chasserot Shows How Brain Scans Can Reveal Our Ideal Self-Image
These Amazing Vivid Photochromes Depict the Princely County of Tyrol in 1890, a Mountainous Region of The Austro-Hungarian Empire
13 Of The Best Photos From The First Half Of The B&W Child Photography Competition 2019
Beautiful Portrait Photos of Actress Jan Smithers in the 1960s and ’70s
London is a Ghost Town
Graveyard of The Bikes: Aerial Photos of China's Failed Share-Cycle Scheme Show Mountains of Damaged Bikes
Wonderful Photos Of Everyday Life In Postwar Leningrad, The City That Refused To Starve In WWII
Vintage Photos Show What Kids Used to Do For Fun in the 1950s
Cock And Balls: A Photo Study Of Rock Gods’ Packages In Very Tight Trousers
Photographer Spent An Entire Year Trying To Get Permission To Photograph The Empty Moscow Subway
Early Versions Of Famous Characters
Trying to Understand the Mysterious Russian Soul with Amazing Photographs of Sergey Kolyaskin
"The Loneliest Road Trip": Travels Through An Empty America In Photographs By Arnaud Montagard
Russian Cosmonaut Shares Amazing Photos Of Our Earth Taken From Space
Beautiful Portraits of Highland Park High School Teenage Girls, 1947
Cinematic And Cyberpunk Urban Photography By Felipe OA
Science Rends The Veil: The Mysterious Photo Collection Of Edward Bateman
This Is Truly Heavenly Weather As Pictures Taken From An Airplane Cockpit Reveal What Pilots See From Above
Muslim Lolita Fashion Is A New Trend Inspired By Japan
Photographer Spots Patterns And Shapes In Everyday Life, Creates Beautiful Minimal Photos
Shocking Before and After Composite Portraits of Drug Abuse