Friday Flashback #264

Here’s a flashback of a flashback.

Tobe Berkovitz posted this photo on social media. It first appeared in the Westport News. The date is unknown.

It shows 4 Westport youngsters — already grown, when the paper ran the image — receiving vaccinations, in the early 1960s.

The image was taken for an ad agency owned by Westporter Bill Backalenick. His children Paul and Lynn, and 2 Berkovitzes — Toby and Amy — served as models.

Were they being immunized against polio? Measles? Mumps?

Who knows. But whatever was in the vaccine worked. All 4 became healthy adults.

7 responses to “Friday Flashback #264

  1. I love this photo – very Norman Rockwellian.

    I remember being taken to the doctor in the 1960s when they began rolling out the first measles vaccine. My parents got us kids on board with that initiative quickly.

    Back then, I looked nearly identical to the little girl about to get her injection in the photo above, but I wasn’t nearly as calm. As we waited our turn, I watched as each kid was brought into the exam room for their shot. Within minutes, I heard them cry. It scared me so much that my mom had to drag me into the exam room and pry me off the door jambs as I clung to them.

    As it turned out, I quickly realized that the injection didn’t hurt a bit. And I too grew up to be a healthy adult!

  2. A scene in my memory, not sure if it’s accurate: At Burr Farms Elementary School, must have been 1963 & 1964, 3rd & 4th grade for me, I remember we all lined up – all of us, the whole school, one classroom at a time – in the Burr Farms Cafetorium to take these little cups of oral vaccine.
    I assume this was polio vaccine. I remember it was sort of thick.
    (Perhaps this is what inspired Jello shooters?)
    But it definitely, at least to my memory, happened at school and not at the pediatricians office.
    I am not aware of, nor would I have been aware of, any vaccine hesitant families. I think it was just something we all did.

    • Yep, that sweet stuff was the polio vaccine. Though Salk’s original version was injected, later it was weakened and delivered either via a drink or dropped onto a sugar cube. I got the sugar cube version which, as a young kid, was way better than any injection.

  3. Had to be polio. It saved my entire generation.

  4. I would expect that it was the polio shot , or maybe a TB test. We lived in the Chicago area in 1961 – 1962 and I distinctly remember both the polio vaccine and the TB tests being administered at school.

  5. I went to Kings Highway Elem grades 3 thru 6 and clearly remember my class walking single file to what was probably the cafeteria to take the oral vaccine. I must remember the event because it was so out of the norm.

  6. Lynn B graduated Staples in or around 1970. She looks maybe 10/11 there, so that would put this picture at 1962-3. Lynn passed away in 2016.

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