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Influenza mask

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 18, 2020

This American Red Cross influenza mask bundles and bag were made by Saint Paul Red Cross volunteers at the request of the United States Army. They were for use in Minnesota training camps and by the general population during the Spanish influenza pandemic, 1918-1919.