Rewind·Posted on Jan 16, 201311 Bizarre Ways They Treated The Flu In The Olden DaysA guide to treating and preventing the flu circa a long time ago.by Leonora EpsteinBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. You'd smoke bomb your lungs. Hulton Archive / Getty Images 1880: Cure influenza with this "smoke ball" (right, if by "cure" you mean "feeling groovy") as endorsed by the Duke of Portland! You'd insert tubes in your nose, then squeeze the ball to release vapors of carbolic acid. 2. This was the hospital. Blerg. Hulton Archive / Getty Images In 1918, the world was hit with one of the worst pandemics, which killed 20-50 million people worldwide. Welcome to your new home: a hospital made of rows of tents. 3. Wear super attractive contraptions. Topical Press Agency / Getty Images Don't want to die and living in the year 1919? Then wear this crazy flu mask. 4. Spray down the busses with anti-flu spray. Davis / Getty Images 1920: The old-timey version of Purelling the crap out of something. 5. Wear the fashion statement <i>du jour</i>: flu masks. Keystone / Getty Images 1929 was huge for the flu mask—all the chicest ladies had one. 6. Or opt for one of these "germ traps." Fox Photos / Getty Images 1932: The powers of a roll of toilet paper on your face. 7. Fourth period: gargling class. Fox Photos / Getty Images Class of 1933. This was actually a thing. 8. Get yourself to an anti-flu spray party! Fox Photos / Getty Images Things start getting crazy in 1937. 9. If all else fails, wear a sign, stoopid. Harry Shepherd / Getty Images 1939: Stop kissing this baby, for the love of God. 10. Don't forget to take care of the animals, too. Reg Speller / Getty Images In 1950, a turkey gets bundled up to ward off colds and flus ... so folks can eat him later! 11. Finally, we arrive at the modern flu shot. Harry Todd / Getty Images All of a sudden, flu shots become very, very fun.