Three Board of Health Quarantine Placards for Typhoid Fever, Anterior Poliomyelitis, Cerebro Spinal Meningitis
Typhoid and Meningitis placards measure 7 x 10 inches and are printed on thick yellow cardstock; Polio measures 6.5 x 11 inches. The only date cited is the 1909 law, but these are like from the 1930s, when Hermanl Lang was a Health Officer in Western Pennsylvania. The placards were required to be placed on houses with known cases of the diseases, each citing, "Act of the Assembly approved May 14, 1909, provided that anyone violating the provisions of this Act, upon conviction thereof may be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $10.00 or more than $100.00, to be paid to the use of said county, or to be imprisoned in the county jail for a period of not less than ten days or more than thirty days, or both, at the discretion of the court."
The Typhoid and Meningitis cards also give the full quarantine protocol: "These Premises Are Under State Quarantine. No person shall be permitted to enter, leave or take any article from this house without written permission from a legally authorized agent of the Board of Health, excepting physicians, nurses in charge of the sick, or the clergyman. Animals must not be permitted to leave these premises. No person other than those authorized by the Board of Health shall remove this placard. Any person or persons defacing, covering up, or destroying this placard render themselves liable to the penalties of the law."