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The Pictures Your History Teacher Couldn’t Show You

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78. 1946: Trying to Cure Polio

Polio was caused by a virus and was extremely infectious. It ended up crippling those unlucky enough to catch it until a vaccination was introduced in 1955. In 1946, the Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago used these tanks for their paralyzed patients. Patients floated while currents moved their arms and legs for them. 

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77. 1948: Selling her Kids

In 1948, women earned less than half of what men did. If their husband had died, had lost his job, or had left the family, there was little chance of the family being able to support themselves. This is Lucile Chalifoux who was selling each of her kids for $2. They were about to be evicted from their apartment. She is hiding her face so as to avoid being recognized, but this was not an uncommon occurrence at the time. 

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