in about 100 words or less
Everyone loves the moving pictures, especially infectious disease! In an article entitled “Whooping Cough Patrons”, the August 21, 1915 edition of The Moving Picture World adressed complaints about motion picture exhibitors who are “not strict enough in seeking to bar from their theatres children suffering from whooping cough”. However, it was noted that despite health department laws which prohibit those suffering with the disease from visiting theatres, enforcement is problematic, even with the threat of a $50 fine. The article further suggests that in addition to the annoyance of children coughing, “perhaps during a most thrilling part of an exhibition”, that negative press could hurt business. Perhaps an educational film on health in public places would have helped (Klaus Ming February 2016).