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The Sting: 1941

The Sting: 1941

December 1941. "Dr. Tabor examining Randolph Darkey, before inoculating him against measles, in the community health center. Dailey, West Virginia." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Maybe the photographer was a fan. Look at the way it is posed!

Dr. Tabor's Time Machine

The measles vaccine was introduced in 1963.

[The photo says nothing about vaccination. The kid is about to get a shot of gamma globulin. - Dave]

I see. I was under the impression that inoculation meant treating with a vaccine when I made the comment - back in my callow, ignorant youth.

Wish I'd had it.

I never heard of a measles vaccine in the 1940's. I remember getting a smallpox vaccination, but my measles immunity came the old fashioned way - with a dose of measles. I seem to recall a quarantine sign on the door too.

James Randall Darkey

James Randall Darkey died in 2017, at the age of 79.

Talk about a complete examination.

Hope he has ten toes.


Look at the size of those syringes!

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