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Historic Brooklyn Trivia from 1918


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Tuesday, April 14th 2020:

During the last pandemic (Influenza) of 1918, Mayor Hylan kept all of the public schools open, including those in Brooklyn. The theory was that the children were safer in the schools, which had a much cleaner and healthier environment, than conditions at home. I saw photos of office workers at that time wearing masks, which looked similar to the ones being used now. The NYPD ere also wearing masks. The Broadway shows were not closed at that time.

Reference ID: BK96228



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