(Ring around the roses) a certain doctor believed that disease was airborne; so often people would carry around posies (a type of flower) or in their pocket or they would cover their mouths with a mask with posies in it
From Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes.
De TOUT mon souffle ..! (Andrea Spanholé)
Photographer unknown, 1930s
Wynken Blynken and Nod, illustrated by Eulalie. This picture was in a book of Mother Goose Rhymes we had as children...