SALK, Jonas (1914 – 95)
American medical researcher and virologist. Discoverer and developer of one of the first polio vaccines.
SIG – Vintage signature on a 3″x5″ card. Accompanied by a color litho print portrait of Salk from an original photograph by Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh. This signature is one of several hundred consigned to us in a third-generation family collection begun in the 1850s. A brochure describing the collection will accompany your purchase.
Until 1955, when the Salk vaccine was introduced, polio was considered one of the most frightening public health problems in the world. In the postwar US, annual epidemics were increasingly devastating. The 1952 U.S. epidemic was the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year, 3,145 people died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.