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Keystone View Company Sanitary Work of the Battle Line- Disinfectin the Ruins with Patent Spray

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09584.128 Author/Creator: Keystone View Company Place Written: s.l. Type: Stereocard Date: 1914-1918 Pagination: 1 stereocard ; 8.7 x 17.7 cm.

This photograph shows a medical worker spraying disinfectant on the battle field. He has a red cross band on his arm. There is a lot of rubble and destruction in the background. With all the death and destruction, battle fields were breeding grounds for disease.

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