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candy striper's apron

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10753
Dates
1962
circa 1962
Collection
Veronica Padfield-Harris Collection
Category
Patient Care
Nursing
Clothing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
005003001
Description
A candy striper's uniform apron with a pink and white pattern of narrow vertical stripes; it has a square neckline and a high waist; a loop at the top goes over the wearer's head and a band at each side wraps around the body to tie at the back.
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Accession Number
005003001
Collection
Veronica Padfield-Harris Collection
Category
Patient Care
Nursing
Clothing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Hospital Volunteers
Textiles
Clothing
MM= Clothng -- nursing
Description
A candy striper's uniform apron with a pink and white pattern of narrow vertical stripes; it has a square neckline and a high waist; a loop at the top goes over the wearer's head and a band at each side wraps around the body to tie at the back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Veronica Padfield-Harris while working as a 'candy striper' volunteer at Kingston General Hospital.
Maker
Kingston General Hospital Women's Aid
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1962
circa 1962
Date Remarks
The candy striper program was started in 1962.
Material
fabric: pink, white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet I
Length
109.0 cm
Width
79.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 109.0 cm x Width 79.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new.
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"A Short History of the Women's Aid of the Kingston General Hospital 1905-1968," by Mary I. Campbell, KGH, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Research Facts
Candy stripers, named for the appearance of their uniforms, were usually teenage girls who volunteered in the hospital and performed a variety of duties associsted with patient care. Duties varied from delivering lirbrary books, reading to patients, offering glass of water, and others. This uniform apron was worn by a candy striper at Kingston General Hospital.
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candy striper's hat

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10673
Dates
1976
circa 1976
Collection
Heather Blyth Collection
Category
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Clothing
Classification
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Clothing
Accession Number
002016001
Description
A candy striper's hat; made from a single piece of white and pink striped material with a single white band going across the front; the hat has a flap which extends back from the front to cover the head and attaches to the sides with buttons; the back of the head would remain uncovered.
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Accession Number
002016001
Collection
Heather Blyth Collection
Category
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Clothing
Classification
Patient Care
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Clothing
MeSH Heading
Hospital Volunteers
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
A candy striper's hat; made from a single piece of white and pink striped material with a single white band going across the front; the hat has a flap which extends back from the front to cover the head and attaches to the sides with buttons; the back of the head would remain uncovered.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Heather Blyth.
Maker
Kingston General Hospital Women's Aid
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1976
circa 1976
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks
Material
fabric: white; pink
plastic: white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Box 8
Length
30.5 cm
Width
14.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 30.5 cm x Width 14.3 cm (laid flat)
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Reference Comments
"A Short History of the Women's Aid of the Kingston General Hospital 1905-1968," by Mary I. Campbell, KGH, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Heather Blyth
Research Facts
"Candy-stripers", named for the appearence of their uniforms, were usually teenage girls who volunteered in the hospital and performed a variety of duties associated with patient care. Duties varied from delivering library books, reading to patients, offering glass of water, and others. This hat was owned and used by Heather Blyth from around 1976 until 1981.
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Easter Parade on Hospital Rounds [newspaper article]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12381
Dates
1958
circa 1958
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Business
Ephemera
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Business
Ephemera
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
005036020
Description
A newspaper clipping from the Globe and Mail describing nurse's caps at different hospitals; features text and 9 black and white photographs of nurses and nurse's caps.
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Accession Number
005036020
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Business
Ephemera
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Business
Ephemera
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing -- ephemera
MM= Clothing -- nursing -- ephemera
Description
A newspaper clipping from the Globe and Mail describing nurse's caps at different hospitals; features text and 9 black and white photographs of nurses and nurse's caps.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae via Marilyn Boston.
Maker
The Globe and Mail
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1958
circa 1958
Date Remarks
Printed on artifact; April 5th, 1958.
Material
paper: yellow
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on front of clipping: "THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1958 // Easter Parade on Hospital Rounds"; printed under large image on front of clipping: "Caps of many nations:".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-3 Box 16
Length
56.0 cm
Width
40.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 56.0 cm x Width 40.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Significant yellowing of at top left hand corner; creased many times; tears around edges.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Website
Reference Comments
"Easter Parade on Hospital Rounds", The Globe and Mail, April 5, 1958
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
Research Facts
"Not surprisingly, every nursing school claims a distinctive cap or headdress, and their graduates bear them across country and overseas." Each hospital or school designed its own nursing uniform in order to convey a certain image. They were both functional and symbolic. A black band on a nurse's cap indicated that she was a trained graduate nurse, whereas no band, or sometimes other colours, indicated different levels of training, working up to the final black band.
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junior nurse's uniform

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact636
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002016 a-l
Description
Junior nurse's uniform; blue-and-white-striped cotton dress (a); short sleeve; calf length; two pockets to skirt; one left breast pocket; white starched bib (b-c); and apron (d-e), collar (f-g), belt (h-j), and cuffs (k-l)
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Accession Number
995002016 a-l
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Description
Junior nurse's uniform; blue-and-white-striped cotton dress (a); short sleeve; calf length; two pockets to skirt; one left breast pocket; white starched bib (b-c); and apron (d-e), collar (f-g), belt (h-j), and cuffs (k-l)
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a - dress - Size:
b-c - bib x 2 - Size:
d-e - apron x 2 - Size: Length 77.6 cm x Width 1.8 m
f-g - collar x 2 - Size:
h-j - belt x 3 - Size:
k-l - cuff x 2 - Size:
Provenance
belonged to M. Susan Woods
Maker
Lac-Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Date Remarks
Printed on object
Material
fabric: white; blue
Inscriptions
Individual pieces marked with "1939J"; (a-d, g-l) have standard nametags: "M. Susan Woods"; maker's tag to inside of dress collar: "SIZE 32 // Lac Mac // LONDON, CANADA // SANFORIZED"
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 0007, Closet A; (b,c) Storage Room 0007, BOX 14; (d) Storage Room 0007, BOX 8; (e) BOX 9;
(f,g) Storage Room 0010
0010-C6-5;
(g) Storage Room 0010
0010-C6-2;
(h-j) Storage Room 0007, BOX 15; (k,l) Storage Room 0007, BOX 16
Condition Remarks
#2: the apron (d) has no stains.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Websites
Reference Comments
Marilyn Boston; reference book compiled: "Information Re KGH Nursing Uniforms" to document the collection of uniforms; further references are noted within; numerous photos available at Queen's Archives.
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
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.
Exhibit History
(d) on loan for exhibit, "Uni-Forming . . . Wearing the Uniform" at the Musee Beaulne, Coaticook, Quebec, Jan. 2008-30 Oct. 2008.
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Kingston General Hospital [nurse's uniform badge]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact486
Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
996028001
Description
Cream oval-shaped felt crest with red stitching; top: "GENERAL HOSPITAL" written inside a banner design; bottom: "KINGSTON" written inside a banner design; centre: crown and anchor motif, two-stick caduceus motif (snake entwined around two sticks).
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Accession Number
996028001
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
Description
Cream oval-shaped felt crest with red stitching; top: "GENERAL HOSPITAL" written inside a banner design; bottom: "KINGSTON" written inside a banner design; centre: crown and anchor motif, two-stick caduceus motif (snake entwined around two sticks).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Nora Valleau, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing graduate Class of 1928.
Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Date Remarks
Nora Valleau's years at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing.
Material
fabric: cream; red
Inscriptions
"GENERAL HOSPITAL // KINGSTON" on crest.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-3
Length
12.1 cm
Width
10.2 cm
Depth
0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 12.1 cm. x Width 10.2 cm. x Depth 0.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Front: 3 mm grey smudge mark next to red border 2.5 cm to the right of the right anchor prong; back: thread backing is frayed around edges
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Other
Article
Website
Reference Comments
"Information RE KINGSTON GENERAL HOSPITAL Nursing Uniforms"
"KGH Nursing Alumni Memorabilia" compiled by Marilyn Boston
Oral history of Nora Valleau compiled by Rona Rustige
"K.G.H. Alumnae 100th Anniversary Celebration", scrapbook with photos showing blazers being worn -- June 3-5 1988
Providence Care, "History of KGH – Working in an old hospital without paying attention," October 20th, 2014. https://providencecare.ca/history-of-kgh-working-in-an-old-hospital-without-paying-attention/
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
The crest was worn on blazers used by nurses when off duty; worn on left pocket. The main building at Kingston General Hospital was built in 1833-1835 as a charitable hospital. It did not open as a public hospital until 1845, as it was the first home of the Canadian Parliament after the union of Upper and Lower Canada from 1841-1844. The first 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.
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Kingston General Hospital [nurse's uniform badge]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact717
Dates
1925
1955
circa 1925-1955
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002097
Description
Oval-shaped felt crest of the Kingston General Hospital; the crest is made of cloth-backed felt with an embroidered design in red of banners along the outer edges which read "Kingston General Hospital"; in the centre, there is a design of an anchor, crown, snake and two sticks
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Accession Number
995002097
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Oval-shaped felt crest of the Kingston General Hospital; the crest is made of cloth-backed felt with an embroidered design in red of banners along the outer edges which read "Kingston General Hospital"; in the centre, there is a design of an anchor, crown, snake and two sticks
Number Of Parts
1
Dates
1925
1955
circa 1925-1955
Date Remarks
Aprroximate dates logo was used by Kingston General Hospital
Material
fabric: white; red
Inscriptions
Crest reads, "GENERAL HOSPITAL // KINGSTON"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-3
Length
11.8 cm
Width
9.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.8 cm. x Width: 9.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
The cloth backing of the crest is showing minor fraying at the outside edges; the felt and embroidery show no stains or tears
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Article
Reference Comments
Marilyn Boston
Providence Care, "History of KGH – Working in an old hospital without paying attention," October 20th, 2014. https://providencecare.ca/history-of-kgh-working-in-an-old-hospital-without-paying-attention/
Research Facts
The main building at Kingston General Hospital was built in 1833-1835 as a charitable hospital. It did not open as a public hospital until 1845, as it was the first home of the Canadian Parliament after the union of Upper and Lower Canada from 1841-1844. The first 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.
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Lanol White Foam [shoe polish]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11191
Dates
1970
1979
1970-1979
Collection
Pauline Swain Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
005018008 a-b
Description
Cylindrical aluminum aerosol container (a) of white shoe polish; with white plastic nozzle on the top under blue cap (b); blue and white design depicting male golfer; female dancing and female nurse in white uniform and image of a pair of baby shoes, all wearing very white shoes.
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Accession Number
005018008 a-b
Collection
Pauline Swain Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Nurse's Uniform
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Cylindrical aluminum aerosol container (a) of white shoe polish; with white plastic nozzle on the top under blue cap (b); blue and white design depicting male golfer; female dancing and female nurse in white uniform and image of a pair of baby shoes, all wearing very white shoes.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - container: Length 16.2 cm X Diameter 5.4 cm
b - cap: Depth 3.4 cm X Diameter 5.4 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor's mother-in-law, Pauline Swain (nee Kreiner) Class of 1955 graduate of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; used to polish her nursing shoes.
Maker
Knomark Canada Inc.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1970
1979
1970-1979
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks - it was purchased in the 1970s
Material
ink: blue, white, yellow, black
metal: silver
plastic: blue, white
Inscriptions
"ESQUIRE // MOUSSE // Lanol // white // FOAM // For all white shoes // Used by Professionals"; printed on the label "Cleans, whitens, conditions, covers // scuffs and black marks. // Bends without cracking, won't rub off. // Non toxic." printed on the back of the can, with other product information.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row D
Condition Remarks
Minor white stains from polish on container and cap
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Wikipedia, "Lanolin," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanolin#:~:text=Lanolin%20(from%20Latin%20l%C4%81na%20'wool,raised%20specifically%20for%20their%20wool.
Research Facts
Pauline Swain lived from October 1932 - December 2004.
Lanol white shoe polish originally contained lanolin, a wax secreted by wool-bearing sheep.
Exhibit History
On exhibit at the Museum of Health Care in the East Gallery, small cases #1 and #2 - May 30, 2007-June 9, 2008.
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military uniform purse

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact9279
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Military
Clothing
Military Uniform Accessories
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Military
Clothing
Military Uniform Accessories
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
002001065
Description
Purse made of leather with the skin side out; flap closure with two-part snap to secure it; two zippered compartments, one in front just above the snap, and one in the rear at the juncture of the flap and the rest of the purse; the rear of the purse has a strap for carrying in the hand; the pulls o…
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Accession Number
002001065
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Military
Clothing
Military Uniform Accessories
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Military
Clothing
Military Uniform Accessories
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Military -- army
Military -- army -- R. C. A. M. C.
Military -- nursing
Military -- Nursing Sisters
Military -- Second World War -- World War Two -- WW2 -- WWII
Military Personnel -- nurse
Military -- equipment and supplies
Equipment and Supplies
Description
Purse made of leather with the skin side out; flap closure with two-part snap to secure it; two zippered compartments, one in front just above the snap, and one in the rear at the juncture of the flap and the rest of the purse; the rear of the purse has a strap for carrying in the hand; the pulls of the zippers are made from short lengths of brass chain; the outer one has a leather tag branded with the owner's name; cardboard-lined.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Lieut. (N/S) Miriam Hartrick during W W II.
Maker
Serval
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
Based on provenance
Material
leather: black
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
"STREAMLINE" appears x 4 on ring pull of inner zipper, moulded into the metal; "SERVAL U.S.A." appears x 4 on ring pull of outer zipper, moulded into the metal; "M.E. Hartrick // R.C.A.M.C." branded into the leather of the zipper tag.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C2-2
Dimension Notes
Length 30.5 cm x Width 19.0 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Leather is still supple; somewhat crushed from storage; metal is in excellent shape; some patches of wear at lower corners
Copy Type
Original
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nurse'e uniform apron

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact579
Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
996028094 a-e
Description
A white starched cotton nurse's uniform apron (a) with two button holes on each end of the waistband and wide hem; single-ply material except at waist and hem; single-stitched along hem and top seam of waistband; doublestitched on bottom seam of waistband; no stitching along sides; apron falls to a…
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Accession Number
996028094 a-e
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
A white starched cotton nurse's uniform apron (a) with two button holes on each end of the waistband and wide hem; single-ply material except at waist and hem; single-stitched along hem and top seam of waistband; doublestitched on bottom seam of waistband; no stitching along sides; apron falls to approximately midcalf; two buttons (b-c) and two button pins (d-e) at each end.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - apron - Size: Length 70.0 cm. x Width 70.5 cm. x Depth 1.0 mm.
b-c - buttons - Size: x Depth 5.0 mm. x Diameter 3.2 cm.
d-e - button pins - Size: Length 2.0 cm. x Width 5.0 mm. x Depth 1.0 mm.
Provenance
Owned and used by Nora Valleau, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing graduate Class of 1928.
Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Date Remarks
Worn with Kingston General Hospital nursing uniforms; Valleau was at Kingston General Hospital 1925-1928
Material
fabric: white; red
plastic: white
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Name tag: "Nora Valleau"
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet I
(b-e) Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-4
Condition Remarks
#1: Fabric is in excellent condition; thread has come loose in five spots along lower waist seam; several grey spots on inside of waistband at top button; grey spot on outside waistband 5 mm from top button on left side; spotted stain area on outside edge of side that has name tag, measuring 8 cm-15 cm up the edge from bottom
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Reference Comments
"Information Re KGH Nursing Uniforms" by Marilyn Boston
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
Starched aprons were worn with bibs to cover most of the uniform; worn from 1886-1967 with little change other than a shortening of the hemline.
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.
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Nursing case at Museum, Nov. 21, 1997
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Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
996028065
Description
A nurse's navy blue woolen cape with red wool lining; cape fastens with one black button at the throat and a hook and eye on the collar; collar is mandarin style and is initialled on the outside right side with "KGH" in blue thread; name tag and manufacturer's tag are hand-stitched into the back of…
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Accession Number
996028065
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
A nurse's navy blue woolen cape with red wool lining; cape fastens with one black button at the throat and a hook and eye on the collar; collar is mandarin style and is initialled on the outside right side with "KGH" in blue thread; name tag and manufacturer's tag are hand-stitched into the back of the inside collar; braided cotton loop stitched over manufacturer's tag used for hanging cape; please see attached sketch.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Nora Valleau, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing graduate Class of 1928.
Maker
Lac Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1925
1928
circa 1925-1928
Date Remarks
Would have been worn by Valleau during her nursing studies from 1925-1928
Material
fabric: blue; red; black
metal: yellow
plastic: black
Inscriptions
In collar: "Nora M. Valleau" "Made by // LAC MAC // London, Can."; on collar: "K.G.H."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010 CLOSET A-2
Length
104.0 cm
Width
152.0 cm
Depth
0.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 104.0 cm x Width 152.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Nine moth holes in blue wool, two moth holes in red wool; threadbare in several other areas; all outside seams are worn; black lining on inside of collar is worn through on left top corner and in four visible spots along top edge at back of collar around name tag; black lining also has a 7 cm threadbare area in a diagonal from the lower to the top edge on the right side; thread around the buttonhole has come loose; woven cotton loop is loose at each end; there is evidence that the loop has come off before and was repaired by hand; several small black dots (?) evident on red wool at left bottom edge where cape opens; none of the damage is major and the cape is stable
Copy Type
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Reference Comments
"Information Re KGH Nursing Uniforms" by Marilyn Boston; "KGH Nursing Alumni Memorabilia" by Marilyn Boston
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
The woolen cape was instituted by Ann Baillie for the nurses at Kingston General Hospital to wear when they went out (1924); another version of the cape has "KGH" embroidered in gold thread.
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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