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Exposure to Spanish Flu - Philadelphia

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As huge crowds gathered in Philadelphia for a "Liberty Loan" parade - on September 28, 1918 - danger was lurking.  Spanish Flu was about to unleash a vicious second wave, even as World War I neared its end. 

This photo, from the U.S. Navy, depicts the crowd which was exposed to the "flu bug."  The Navy's Historical Center describes the picture as follows:

Liberty Loan Parade at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 September 1918

Naval Aircraft Factory float, featuring the hull of a F5L patrol seaplane, going south on Broad Street, escorted by Sailors with rifles.

Note the crowd of onlookers. This parade, with its associated dense gatherings of people, contributed significantly to the massive outbreak of influenza which struck Philadelphia a few days later.

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Media Credits

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph - Photo NH 41730.  Online, courtesy U.S. National Archives and the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

 

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