Here we all sit in quarantine because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. As an antique collector, I can’t help but think about the pandemic that swept the world in 1918. The Spanish Flu was horrible. According to the CDC, “It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.” I am so grateful that technology has changed since 1918 and for many the suffering has been greatly minimized.
Collecting medical paraphernalia is a huge attraction in the antique business. I am sure that there are people who would love to have medical equipment used during the Spanish Flu. We don’t have much of that type of thing at our store. Since we do have a section dedicated to Military Surplus, we do have a selection of military grade gas masks that might be a bit of overkill for the grocery store these days. Our models in store may not look like the one pictured below.
Whether you collect medical antiques, primitives, or the Victorian era, I am sure we have something that you would love in our store. If you feel more comfortable, feel free to give us a call and we will offer curbside pickup for you. Otherwise, feel free to come in and browse. We are making sure that everything is wiped down for your safety and ours.
Hope to see you soon!