Barred from Boarding a Trolley
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1918–1919
Medium: Photographic print

Barred from Boarding a Trolley

A masked trolley car conductor in Seattle, Washington, holds his hand up, indicating that the man at right without a mask will not be allowed to board the city vehicle. During the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919, Seattle trolley officials would not permit anyone without a mask to board the cars—a measure taken in the hope of stopping the spread of the virulent influenza virus.