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First aid demo, 1942


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At first glance, not much seems to be going on here. And then, your roving eye catches three men on the front row of the stage holding what appears to be a fourth man, his leg wrapped in a splint. It would be great if this was some sort of initiation rite held by a now long-gotten fraternal order. Or maybe a now discontinued City Council practice to welcome new members. But no. This is an emergency first aid demonstration at the Shrine Auditorium, led by fireman George Hood (at the mic) and attended by block wardens and volunteer police and firemen in the city’s civilian defense system. Over 3,000 people were in attendance. The date: February 23, 1942.

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