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All Nurse Band: 1920

All Nurse Band: 1920

Circa 1920. "Emergency Hospital group." Uniformed Authority Figure Week continues at Shorpy! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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I love seeing these photos of working women from the past!

The two on the left are both gorgeous, but the bottom left lady is unbelievable! She looks like she could have modeled as a goddess for Roman sculptors. Or even a little like Lady Liberty.

I agree with pyert or whomever....what happened to natural beauty?

Code Blue

The standing lady on the far left has a very "modern" look about her. I can picture her with a Facebook page. The sitting lady far left, however, looks very era and "inspirational" in a Red Cross Recruiting poster sort of way. Both are worth a visit to the Hospital for.


There's something about their uniforms which is so comfortingly timeless. They are immediately recognized as being nurses, a century later.

Angels, all.

The physical attributes or otherwise of nurses matter not one bit when we are hospitalised for a serious illness. We fall in love with them just the same and leave a little of soul behind when discharged.

I love her

The angel of mercy on the bottom left is my new love.

Dinosaur skin

Can anyone explain why many of the subjects in these old pictures look wrinkled? Is it "slap" or some weird photo-eczema?

[With their studio portraits, Harris & Ewing would apply what seems to have been an ink pen to the emulsion to create facial highlights when the negatives were printed. I try to clean these up as best I can. The result is that reptilian look. - Dave]

A looker

I find the one on the bottom left to be quite fetching. (I dated a girl that looked like her when I was in college.)

Dr. Kildare

would have been most comfortable with these "angels of mercy"!

Hellooooo nurse!!!

But seriously, I'm loving all the posts of beautiful women from years past. What happened to the ideal woman?

And I really like the expression on the woman in the center.

Time-traveling Celeb?

The lady on the bottom left looks a lot like Matthew McConaughey.

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