visual humor in pandemic history

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Visual created by Ray Schuman and published in the "Chicago Herald And Examiner" on Sunday October 6, 1918. The image illustrates the numerous ways in which masks were being easily integrated into daily life and incorporated into fashions of the time. Title: Making Chicago 'Fluless

Source: Influenza Encyclopedia, University of Michigan

Image by Hungerford published in The Pittsburgh Sun on October 5, 1918. Illustrated here are the strong hands of "Pa Pitt", the personification of the city of Pittsburgh present in many newspaper visuals from the region and known previously as "Father Pitt". The image presents the Spanish Influenza as a demon looking on in terror from the "cradle of disease" as the city's "drastic" prevention order moves to crack down on the pandemic.

Source: Influenza Encyclopedia, University of Michigan

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Cartoon published in The Denver Post on October 15, 1918, by an unknown author. This familiar scene depicts a youth rejoicing at not having to go to school up until realizing that sacrificing holidays is the next logical, and disappointing, step. Such sentiments have been widely reflected in youths around the world today. 

Source: Influenza Encyclopedia, University of Michigan

Much like pretending to be sick to get out of a test as is commonly joked about today, this image published in The Detroit News on November 2, 1918 comments on the use of the same tactic to get out of going to church.

Source: Influenza Encyclopedia, University of Michigan

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A dramatized depiction of a familiar scene published in the Desert Evening News on October 26, 1918.

Source: Influenza Encyclopedia, University of Michigan

The following images by Maurice Ketten were published over the year of 1918-1919 in reference to daily life during the influenza pandemic.

Source: Syracuse Herald, 1918-1919

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Depicion of Ana Jorge, Minister of Health in Portugal during the Swine Flu Epidemic
 
Source: "The Swine Flu Pandemics in Portugal Through Newspaper Humour." António Jorge Gonçalves, January 2010.
Representation of the public vaccination program against the Swine Flu in Portutal 
 
Source: "The Swine Flu Pandemics in Portugal Through Newspaper Humour." António Jorge Gonçalves, October 2009.
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Delpletion of funds in Portugal during the Swine Flu Epidemic
 
Source: "The Swine Flu Pandemics in Portugal Through Newspaper Humour." António Jorge Gonçalves, October 2009.

Representations of Colera doctor and patient circumstances in the 19th century cholera epidemic

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Robert Cruikshank's Random Shots (No 1) A Cholera Doctor, c1832 (coloured etching).

Source: "Fear and Humour in the Art of Cholera", Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

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Robert Cruikshank's Random Shots (No 2) A Cholera Doctor, c1832 (coloured etching).

 

Source: "Fear and Humour in the Art of Cholera", Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

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Images depict women in the dance of death, or facing their own personified mortalities with smiling faces.

Source: La Danse Macabre des Femmes, circ. 1491