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Baby Ben alarm clock

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Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
005011001
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
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Accession Number
005011001
Collection
Carson Cross Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Radium
MM= Household Articles -- ruler, compass, protractor, timepiece
Description
A metal "Baby Ben" alarm clock; has a rectangular base with a round face; the face is a slightly lighter shade of silver (aluminum?) and under a circular convex piece of glass; there are dials and knobs on the back for setting the time and alarm.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's family since it was purchased new in Peterborough, Ontario; it was originally loaned to the museum for the "Radium" exhibit.
Maker
Westclox
Site Made (City)
Peterborough
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1964
1973
1964-1973
Date Remarks
These clocks were made from 1964 until 1973
Material
metal: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
"Baby Ben" and "WESTCLOX" printed on the face "6 // 53632" engraved on the bottom of the base
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F3-10
Dimension Notes
Length 9.0 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 8.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Some wear on the back where the dials have been rotated.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"ClockHistory.com"
Research Facts
This is a series 8 Baby Ben clock; clocks with radium arms and dials were used because it glowed; the painters of these clocks (mostly female) often suffered from skin ulcerations, tumours, and many eventually died.
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Aequanimitas 3rd Ed. [medical reference book]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14533
Dates
1932
1935
circa 1932-1935
Collection
Corson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Education
Accession Number
008028012
Description
Burgundy hardcover medical reference book with bookplate on inside cover; decorative spine wiht gold text; 451 pages.
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Accession Number
008028012
Author
Sir William Osler, Bt., M.D., F.R.S.
Collection
Corson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Education
MeSH Heading
Archival
Education, Medical
Description
Burgundy hardcover medical reference book with bookplate on inside cover; decorative spine wiht gold text; 451 pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor's father.
Maker
P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Inc.
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
USA
Dates
1932
1935
circa 1932-1935
Material
paper: cream; maroon
ink: black, gold
Inscriptions
Printed on frontipiece: "AEQUANIMITAS // With other Addresses to Medical students, Nurses, and Prac - // titioners of Medicine // By // Sir WILLIAM OSLER Bt., M.D., F.R.S. // THIRD EDITION // PHILADELPHIA // P. BLAKISTON'S SON & CO., INC. // 1932"; inside cover on sticker: "Presented to // J. A. Corson, M.D. // with the compliments of // Charles E. Frost & Co. // MONTREAL // 1941 GRADUATION"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-3
Length
21.1 cm
Width
14.7 cm
Depth
4.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Binding like new, paper yellowed but still supple
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Pharmeceutical companies presented gifts to graduating medical students to remind them to order from their business.
Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet, FRS FRCP (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the "Father of Modern Medicine" and one of the "greatest diagnosticians ever to wield a stethoscope". Osler was a person of many interests, who in addition to being a physician, was a bibliophile, historian, author, and renowned practical joker.
Book was published shortly prior to his death; he was age 70.
From the 'Preface to the Eighth edition: In the twenty years that have passed since the publication of the first edition, triennial revisions have appeared regularly, with one exception – to secure protection against an edition pirated in Great Britain, a fifth edition had to be issued not long after the fourth. Comparing the first edition with the present, very little remains of the original work. The essential groundwork has been, as far as possible, my personal experience in hospital and private practice, correlated with the general experience of the profession, as expressed in its literature. To try to keep the book up to date has been a pleasure and an ambition. Adequately to express my appreciation of the generous support accorded by my colleagues is impossible.
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Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
008040001
Description
White fabric one-piece double breasted princess style nurse's uniform consists of short sleeves with french cuffs; right sleeve has a red fabric cross stitched on; open to the waist; cross over front closure with metal snaps at top and bottom and requires five button closure and five decorative but…
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Accession Number
008040001
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
White fabric one-piece double breasted princess style nurse's uniform consists of short sleeves with french cuffs; right sleeve has a red fabric cross stitched on; open to the waist; cross over front closure with metal snaps at top and bottom and requires five button closure and five decorative buttons on opposite side; two slant inset pockets at hips; two piece back belt requires button closure; back sleeve gusset; buttons required are shank and cotter pin style; requried to complete the uniform are a pair of red fabric inserts into the sleeve cuffs, a pair of white button style cufflinks and twelve white shank button with cotter pin closure.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor, Christine Brown.
Maker
Lac-Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Date Remarks
Donor's graduation date.
Material
fabric: white, red
metal: silver
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on fabric label: "Lac-Mac // Size 12"; woven into fabric label: "FORTREL and cotton"; Handwritten inside: "53"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-CLOSET
Temporary Location
Exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital" Nov 13, 2008.
Length
90.5 cm
Width
85.0 cm
Depth
0.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 90.5 cm x Width 85.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Reference Comments
Christine Brown
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Donor wore this student nurse's uniform during nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971. Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
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Dates
1968
1971
circa 1968-1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
008040002
Description
White polyester and cotton one-piece double breasted princess style short nurse's uniform consists of short sleeves with french cuffs; ladies size 12; right sleeve has a red fabric cross stitched on; open to the waist; cross over front closure with metal snaps at top shoulder and waist; buttons sho…
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Accession Number
008040002
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
White polyester and cotton one-piece double breasted princess style short nurse's uniform consists of short sleeves with french cuffs; ladies size 12; right sleeve has a red fabric cross stitched on; open to the waist; cross over front closure with metal snaps at top shoulder and waist; buttons should be 2.0 cm white domed plastic shank and cotter pin style; with five button closure and five decorative buttons on opposite side; all buttons are missing; two slant inset pockets at hips; two piece inset half back belt with button closure; back sleeve gusset; measurement from center back neck to hem 86.1 cm; skirt circumference 59.1 cm.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor, Christine (Rafuse) Brown
Maker
Lac-Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1968
1971
circa 1968-1971
Date Remarks
Date based on donor's graduation date
Material
fabric: white, red
metal: silver
ink: black
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Woven into on fabric label: "LAC-MAC // SIZE 12 // FORTREL AND COTTON"; handwritten inside: "53 // C. RAFUSE".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
Length
86.1 cm
Width
59.7 cm
Depth
0.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 86.1 cm x Width 59.7 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
Christine Brown
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Donor wore this uniform during her four years of student nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971. Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
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nurse's uniform cap

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12352
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
008040005 a-c
Description
Starched white fabric nurse's cap with six pleats held together with metal straight pins and double turned up front (a); black velvet ribbon pinned at both ends to sit along top edge (b); inside double front fold is a metal straight pin to hold a metal bobby pin style hair pin (c).
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Accession Number
008040005 a-c
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Starched white fabric nurse's cap with six pleats held together with metal straight pins and double turned up front (a); black velvet ribbon pinned at both ends to sit along top edge (b); inside double front fold is a metal straight pin to hold a metal bobby pin style hair pin (c).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a- cap - Size: Length 16.0 cm x Width 10.1 cm x Depth 8.4 cm
b - ribbon - Size: Length 41.0 cm x Width 0.80 cm x Depth 0.02 cm
c - hair pin - SIze: Length 5.0 cm x Width 0.01 cm x Depth 0.03 cm
Provenance
Owned by donor, Christine Brown.
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Date Remarks
Donor's graduation date.
Material
fabric: cream, black
metal: silver, brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet C
Temporary Location
Exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital" Nov 13, 2008.
Condition Remarks
Pins are rusty leaving marks; fabric is yellowed.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Reference Comments
Christine Brown
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Donor received this cap during nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses' caps in Canada changed and evolved over the years, with caps resembling a nun's coif used by military Nursing Sisters and as a reminder of Roman Catholic nursing tradition. Older nurses' caps were styled similarly to caps that female domestic servants wore, and were made to cover the head and keep hair neat. These evolved into highly starched symbolic nurses' caps which perched on the top or near the back of the head. Nurses' caps were white, and usually cut from a flat pattern that could be folded and unfolded for starching and cleaning. The nurse's cap began to disappear in the 1970s as nursing education moved from hospitals to colleges and nurses wanted to be identified more closely with doctors and other medical professionals who wore no uniform.
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nurse's uniform cap

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12353
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
008040006
Description
Starched white fabric nurse's cap with four pleats held together with metal straight pins and turned up front.
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Accession Number
008040006
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Starched white fabric nurse's cap with four pleats held together with metal straight pins and turned up front.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor.
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Date Remarks
Donor's graduation date.
Material
fabric: cream
metal: silver
ink: black
Inscriptions
Handwritten inside: "E. F"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C6-1
Length
13.0 cm
Width
10.0 cm
Depth
7.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 13.0 cm x Width 10.0 cm x Depth 7.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Pins are rusty leaving marks; fabric is yellowed; one brown spot on front.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Donor received this cap during nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses' caps in Canada changed and evolved over the years, with caps resembling a nun's coif used by military Nursing Sisters and as a reminder of Roman Catholic nursing tradition. Older nurses' caps were styled similarly to caps that female domestic servants wore, and were made to cover the head and keep hair neat. These evolved into highly starched symbolic nurses' caps which perched on the top or near the back of the head. Nurses' caps were white, and usually cut from a flat pattern that could be folded and unfolded for starching and cleaning. The nurse's cap began to disappear in the 1970s as nursing education moved from hospitals to colleges and nurses wanted to be identified more closely with doctors and other medical professionals who wore no uniform.
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nurse's uniform cuff insert

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12361
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
008040007
Description
A pair of red fabric inserts for Kingston General Hospital student nurse's uniform sleeve cuffs with pointed ends have buttonholes at each end for button style cufflink closure; includes a folded twill tape to attach to sleeve at midpoint.
Accession Number
008040007
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
A pair of red fabric inserts for Kingston General Hospital student nurse's uniform sleeve cuffs with pointed ends have buttonholes at each end for button style cufflink closure; includes a folded twill tape to attach to sleeve at midpoint.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor.
Maker
Lac-Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1967
1971
circa 1967-1971
Date Remarks
Donor's graduation date.
Material
fabric: white, red
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on fabric: "12"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-CLOSET
Temporary Location
Exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital" Nov 13, 2008.
Length
36.0 cm
Width
6.5 cm
Depth
0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 36.0 cm x Width 6.5 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Websites
Article
Reference Comments
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Andrea Melvin, “Badges of Honour or Devices of Control?: Nursing Uniforms at Kingston General Hospital Training School for Nurses,” Dr. Margaret Angus Research Fellowship, 2008. Museum of Health Care at Kingston.
Research Facts
Donor wore this student nurse's uniform during nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education. Nurse’s uniforms had many elements, and some had detachable collars, bibs, and cuffs. Nurses would often remove their cuffs when they got in the way of tasks, but would put them immediately back on when superiors or the public were around.
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Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1971 [graduation pin]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12354
Dates
1971
circa 1971
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Classification
Commemorative
Nursing
Accession Number
008040015
Description
Gold over sterling graduation class pin for a nurse's uniform cap consists of two pieces joined by a fine gold chain, the main piece is a modified design to imitate the Kingston General Hospital maltese cross design and the smaller piece has the graduation year; pin clasp closure on both parts.
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Accession Number
008040015
Collection
Christine Brown Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Classification
Commemorative
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Anniversaries and Special Events
Commemorative and Association Items
Clothing
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Gold over sterling graduation class pin for a nurse's uniform cap consists of two pieces joined by a fine gold chain, the main piece is a modified design to imitate the Kingston General Hospital maltese cross design and the smaller piece has the graduation year; pin clasp closure on both parts.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor.
Maker
Kinnear D'Esterre
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1971
circa 1971
Date Remarks
Date on object
Material
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
Embossed on front: "K G H // 71"; Imprinted on back: "K d'E // STERLING".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet C
Temporary Location
Exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital" Nov 13, 2008.
Length
6.5 cm
Width
1.0 cm
Depth
0.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 6.5 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
Donor received this cap during nurse's training at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1971. Local jeweler and diamond merchant, Kinnear d'Esterre created custom jewellery.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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