Flu Mask of the Future, 1919

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In 1919, a woman wears what was most likely considered the “flu mask of the future” — a contraption bizarrely elephantine in appearance — so comfortable you can read while wearing it!

Wearing a mask to help prevent flu, but it was not known then that most infection was spread via the hands.

In 1918-1919, an epidemic of “Spanish Flu” spread around the world. At least 20 million died, although some estimates put the final toll at 50 million. It’s estimated that between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of the entire world’s population became sick.

(Photos: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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