A Pandemic message: Hullo! How are you?


Darragh Christie, 9 January 2022 · #

Everything old is new again:

This is an excerpt from a public health poster about the Spanish influenza (flu) pandemic, drawn by children’s illustrator and author May Gibbs in 1919. The detail features a gumnut baby and a kookaburra sitting on a branch, with eucalyptus leaves wrapped around their mouths in the manner of surgical masks. Apart from the leaf, the gumnut baby wears only a gumnut on her head. The illustration is captioned ‘Hullo! How are you?’ Source NAA Online

Did you know May Gibbs of Nutcote Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful. in January, 2018? Did you also know she made pictures to be sent to cheer up homesick volunteers? Maybe in these times, we can appreciate them just as much… Are we downhearted?


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