Going through my collection of old newspaper clippings.
These often serve as the basis for new work.
From a 1910 newspaper clipping from Superior, Wisconsin:
“Even when deaths are reported, fumigation is not done unless specially requested. With 42 deaths this year, not more than 15 possible fumigations of tuberculous houses have been made and there is no record of any. An average of 23 fumigations per month is made in cases of diphtheria, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, etc., but in this contagious disease, which has more deaths annually than all the others put together, not one fumigation is reported.”
15+ years ago I made a painting based on this clipping, and seeing it now I am every bit as fascinated by it as I was then.