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New York, September 25, 1916

In the summer of 1916 a polio epidemic hit

America, with over 27,000 cases reported and more than 6,000 deaths, with over 2,000 deaths in New York City alone. On August 3, the height of the epidemic, 217 cases were reported, with that week’s total reaching 1,151 cases and 301 deaths. The cities newspapers published lists of all confirmed polio cases, using names and addresses, plastering placards on their doors.

Wealthier families had their children taken out of town, with middle class families following suit, until nearby cities had guards barricading roads and railroads and steamboats were demanding health certificates before allowing passage. 

Stray and pet cats and dogs were believed to be harbingers and were put down en masse, 200 – 400 a day, with the New York times proclaiming by July 26 that 72,000 cats had been killed.

Dr. Austin and Dr. Burns at the Electro Dental Parlors make a specialty of setting diamonds in teeth.

September 22, 1916

School girls preforming the play “Waiting for the Bus”,

Eden Hale School, 1928

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