Apparently not everyone was on lockdown during the influenza epidemic of 1918. I found these images on one of my favorite website, the Digital Public Library of America. All kinds of institutions collected photos of the epidemic. The three I’ve chosen all were taken by the War Department in the fall of 1918.
These photos show women out to work in public, some with jobs they had probably had before the war, like elevator operators. Others were filling places made possible by the conflict, like “conductresses” and military drivers.
It is interesting to see the different safety precautions—all in masks, but only some with gloves.
Fashion was probably not the first thing on their minds, but it is interesting to see the different skirts lengths in late 1918. Some are quite long, but one of young “conductresses” seems to have had a sense of the way things would be moving soon.