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Image: Santa Barbara Morning Press, October 27, 1918

Popular Remedies for the "Spanish Flu" in Santa Barbara


There was no shortage of flu-related newspaper articles and advertisements in October 1918 here. "Lemons Bound Upward as 'Flu' Remedy," was one headline in the local paper. Santa Barbara's Johnston Fruit Company reported that demands for lemons were coming in from all over the country.


The Veronica Medicinal Springs Water Company jumped into the action with a full-page ad that recommended internal and external use of its healing waters as a flu treatment and preventative.


There are more articles about the Spanish Flu in my 1918 and 1919 Way Back When books.

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