This is what mask wearing looked like during the 1918 flu pandemic – KTRK-TV
Mask orders were part of the last pandemic – the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918.The first cases of the Spanish Flu showed up in March 1918 in Kansas.
The New York Times looked at the timeline of the first mask orders issued in October 1918.San Francisco had the first mask order. It lasted four weeks until Nov. 21, 1918.
San Francisco implemented a second mask order in December 1918 after deaths started to climb again.
That second order lasted about two months until the beginning of February 1919.