One hundred fifteen black and white photos, presumably taken by a nurse at the LA County Hospital Polio Ward from the 1930s and into the late 1940s. Convalescence workers, patients in wheelchairs, patients on crutches and in therapeutic pools, several ambulance driver occupational group photos, beautiful shots of ambulances, loading docks full of gurneys, the exterior of the hospital and some early Los Angeles views from the top floors. Astounding how much of the inner workings are photographed, with almost every photo dated and identified. Throughout the book are newspaper clippings relating to both the staff of the Polio Ward and the patients being treated there, some also with annotations about their relationship to the book’s owner. One constant throughout the archive is a young woman named Martha Jones. She is shown, beautiful and young in the 1940s, first sitting – then sitting in a wheelchair or in an ambulance and finally by 1952 (the only photograph dated out of the 40s), she is posing inside an Iron Lung with a mirror held up to show her face. Its an incredible photograph, and the accompanying clippings explain that she and her mother (30 yrs old and 60 yrs old) were being jointly treated for Lou Gehrig’s disease side by side in iron lungs. Heartbreaking, but fabulous insight into developing medical technologies during the WWII era in a hugely important city. SOLD.