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This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1942

November 1942. Babies' Hospital, New York. "Nurse training. At the ping-pong table in the game room, Susan Petty, student nurse, enjoys a bit of relaxation after a busy day's work in the wards." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 

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Obituary for an icon

Her obituary says she "was the photo icon of the national recruiting campaign for nurses during World War II."

Nice pen

That's a Nice Parker Pen, possibly a pencil, clipped to her Jumper. The arrow clip was used on top of the line Vacumatic models.

Those starched caps...

In the early 60s while my inventor uncle was recuperating in the hospital he overheard the nurses complaining how they had to launder, starch, and fold their caps...He borrowed a cap from one of the nurses and while there invented a snap together one made of fabric covered plastic.

Not something you see on nurses today -

a starched apron.

I recognize that nurses cap

Years ago you could tell where a nurse went to school by her cap. Now you can look up Babies' Hospital but from that cap I can tell she is at Columbia Presbyterian. If you come across any photos from about 5 years earlier, please post them. They may be of my mom.

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