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Up and About: 1918

Up and About: 1918

New York. June 17, 1918. "Stokes stretcher on Comfort." Continuing our tour of the facilities aboard the World War I hospital ship. View full size.

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Since you ask....

...of course they're falsies!

Still in use today

I pass one of these hanging on the wall as our emergency stretcher in the US Navy Command where I work.

Judging by the quality of the paint, etc., it might have been off this very ship.

Be right back

I hear my name being called, I'm gonna just lean you over here for a second ...

In context

There's something a little Red Eye about this photo.

A handful

Steady on Chief, we only just met.

Thought Balloon

"Please don't drop me please don't drop me please don't -- "

Thank Goodness

I thought they threw him and the dog overboard.

That could be useful

I have a kid who would go to work like that if she could. Some mornings, I have to wake her up with a defibrillator.

Still in use

When I retired off submarines in 1998 the Stokes stretcher was still in use. I never realized it was an eighty year old invention.

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