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The Flu Hidden in Christmas Card, 63.1.21.16.11

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MCHS 63.1.21.16.11In cataloging what, by all appearances, looked like very run-of-the mill Christmas Postcards, I came across this little gem. In neat, crisp handwriting Thekla Goehring writes to her friend Renska Swart:
Dearest Friend, How are you, haven't had the "Flu" have you? The quarantine has been on here for all but 3 weeks since the beginning of Oct., the ban having just been lifted since Sunday. Have you been so very busy? Haven't heard for so long. So glad the war is over, but my brother, who is Capt. in the Medical Corps now in France will not be sent home for some time. Lovingly, Thekla Goehring
Postmarked December 16, 1918, Grand Island, Nebraska.  The flu epidemic and WWI all in  one little postcard (MCHS 63-1-21-16-11).  Theckla's brother in the Medical Corps is probably her brother Carl Goehring, who was a physician/surgeon according to his draft card, rather than her brother Richard who worked as a manager for a Lumber Company.

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