SOS [Influenza Pandemic In Australia]
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SOS [Influenza Pandemic In Australia]

c1919. Letterpress notice, 25.5 x 28.5cm. Ink stains to lower left, tears to edges, minor creases, old mount burn, tipped to old backing.

Text reads “SOS. If you want any attention from the doctor, nurse or helper, put this card on the window bar, showing the SOS. If you want food only put the back of the card to the window. A depot has been established in this district for the purpose of rendering any assistance required. If you need assistance, do not ring up if you can send a messenger. Communicate only with the officer in charge of this district. The streets will be patrolled each morning and afternoon to find out the homes in which assistance or medical attention is needed. Depot at [blank space]. St 45. 46987.”

This poster was published during the outbreak of the Spanish flu in Australia. “Despite a swift quarantine response in October 1918, cases of Spanish flu began to appear in Australia in early 1919. About 40 per cent of the population fell ill and around 15,000 died as the virus spread through Australia.” Ref: NMA; Stone, Fragments of the Everyday: A book of Australian ephemera, 2005, p25.

Item #CL199-80

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