Democracy, Disobedience, & Derrida

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A police officer wearing a flu mask escorts two men away from San Francisco's Ferry building in 1918

 

Source: California State Library

The Anti-Mask League calls for protest at the Dreamland Rink through The San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 25, 1919

Source: UC Berkeley

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An article by The San Francisco Chronicle published on Oct 25, 1918, describing how many women adopted thick veils and regular chiffon veils to circumvent strict mask regulations

  

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine

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The Oakland Enquirer publishes the call of Governor Stephens for all people to wear gauze masks

 

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the joy of San Franciscans on Nov 22, 1918 

after Mayor James Rolph annuls the mask ordinance

  

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine

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A column published by The San Francisco Examiner in January demonstrating a decline in influenza deaths following the mask law as well as simultaneous meetings conducted by the Anti-Mask League  

  

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine

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An outdoor court session held in Portsmouth Square, San Francisco. This open-air setup was meant to prevent crowding indoors.

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine

San Francisco citizens patiently waiting in line to receive masks. 

Source: California State Library

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Rail commuters complying with the mask ordinance, one wearing a sign that says "wear a mask or go to jail."

Source: Vintage Space/Alamy

Information desk workers wearing white protective masks.

Source: California State Library

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A police officer speaking to a couple, one of whom is not wearing a mask. 

Source: California State Library

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Diagram and tables of weekly reports and distribution of deaths in Arseny K. Hrenoff's 1941 journal entry on the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in San Francisco in The Military Surgeon.

Source: University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine