Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nurses Uniforms

via email from Betty Janet:

I was reading one of the Neels books and was curious about a feature of the uniform a nurse was wearing.  I found this site (which you may have already listed somewhere, but I didn't see it) and it has a "History of Nurses" uniforms I thought that people might find interesting.

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  1. I love this! It's very oddly written, as if it was translated badly from another language, but the background and photos are fascinating. This link should take anyone interested to a slide show of nurses caps through the ages, including a 'muslin trifle' or two and some of the very odd ones that look like some kind of bundt-cake pan. Thanks, Betty Janet.

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  2. Very interesting, Betty Janet, an enormous amount of sartorial information. One of my favourite pictures - American flight nurse in Marlene Dietrich slacks.

    Great pictures, Betty van den Betsy. #21 The Bellevue Fluff, organdy Bellevue "cupcake" - proudly worn lampshade? Ha ha! Your link took me to a Medscape Log In page. But I found your link, I think: http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/nurse-caps. And there are more great pictures in the companion article The Dawn of the Cap.

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    1. Ha ha ha. My link takes me to the same log in page!
      I found your link typing in medscape nurses caps. Well, Google found it, I clicked on the first entry:
      What Happened to the Cap? Part 1: Dignity and ... - Medscape
      www.medscape.com/features/.../nurse-caps - Diese Seite übersetzen
      The 'captivating' early history of the nurse's cap is illustrated in this slideshow which includes photos of Medscape readers proudly wearing their caps!

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    2. Euphemia Van Rensslelaer was instrumental in designing nurses uniforms and the Bellevue cupcake in particular. Did Betty use the names of famous nurses as her heroines? I know there was a Florence, and a Clara (relative not heroine), multiple Mary's, I seem to remember a Dorothea (for Dorothea Dix) but I can't remember which book.

      B von S

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  3. At least, for me, it solved the mystery of the "cuffs" -- that's what I was searching for when I found it. I don't remember which BN novel I was reading, but it talked about putting on cuffs. The ones on this website were elbow length and apparently secured by garters. Now I know what to imagine when I run into this again... :)

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  4. I had cuffs when I first qualified. They wre little cotton elasticated pieces that went over the end of the short sleeves on your uniform :)

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    1. Betty Nell! Where did you qualify, and if it's not impertinent, when? Did you have a cap? An apron? Did you do sums on your hems?

      Welcome! Thank you for bringing your so-relevant perspective to TUJD.

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    2. Betty Nell, Are these the cuffs of which you speak? I
      was looking for Harlequin covers and found this picture which formed part of an older post on TUJD. Of course.

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  5. I found this site, too:
    http://oesermaatra0069.hostoi.com/index.php?page=about

    It's a mirror site about the history of nursing, seems to have a UK focus.

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