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Dates
1930
1960
circa 1930-1960
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Treatment
Accession Number
996020009
Description
One piece clear glass eye bath cup formed into a hollow, oval concave cup with fluting on its outer edges, an open top and rounded outer edges; tapers into a solid, cylindrical stem, then flares out to create a round, flat base.
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Accession Number
996020009
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Treatment
MeSH Heading
Eye, Foreign Bodies
Ophthalmology -- instrumentation
Optometry -- instrumentation
MM= Irrigation -- eye bath
Description
One piece clear glass eye bath cup formed into a hollow, oval concave cup with fluting on its outer edges, an open top and rounded outer edges; tapers into a solid, cylindrical stem, then flares out to create a round, flat base.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Pat Blair, previously owned by her father.
Dates
1930
1960
circa 1930-1960
Material
glass: transparent
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottom: "G"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 3 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.1 cm. x Width: 3.8 cm. x Depth: 3.6 cm.
Copy Type
Original
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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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