O, FOR HISTORY: My mask

It appears I may need to resume wearing my masks. I’m fine with this as they must be worn on the bus and while at the terminal.

All eight of my great-grandparents were born between 1896-1904 so by the time of the 1918 pandemic, they were still young and unmarried. My one maternal great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones, and her mother, Anna Greenlee Jones, made thousands of cloth masks, as did countless others throughout the nation. Grandma Belle even won a box of chocolates for winning a contest for the most number of masks made within one month. She was proud of those earned, expensive chocolates.

In 1919, two sets of great-grandparents were to be married but their autumn nuptials were postponed one year due to the still lingering epidemic. The fall of 1920, their weddings took place with the wedding party and invited guests still masked up.

I love these photos of the 1918 pandemic showing folks with masks. My favorite is of the family whose cat is even masked up. That could have easily been my family.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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