A CALL TO PROTEST MASK WEARING IN 1919

A call to protest by the Anti-Mask League in The San Francisco Chronicle, on Jan. 25, 1919.
Item from The San Francisco Chronicle.

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in
recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian
origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where
the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.

The Anti-Mask League held its first organizational meeting, open to
the public at the Dreamland Rink, where they united behind demands
for the repeal of the mask ordinance and for the resignations of the mayor and health officials.

Their objections included lack of scientific evidence that masks
worked and the idea that forcing people to wear the coverings was unconstitutional.(
The New York Times)

Rail commuters wearing white protective masks, one with the additional message “wear a mask or go to jail,” during the 1918 influenza pandemic in California.

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