The Island City had two anchors in 1918. Its newest resort, Neptune Beach, was drawing people from all over the Bay Area. Its largest industry, shipbuilding, was employing people at Bethlehem Steel’s Alameda Yard to turn out ships to help see the country through World War I.
Alameda wanted 1942 residents ready for gas attack
In this 1918 photo courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library, a San Francisco police officer confronts a man in public for not wearing a facemask. The Spanish flu pandemic 102 years ago, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic believed to be caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus.