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Grace McKee, Kingston General Hosptial School of Nursing circa 1904 [photograph]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14960
Dates
1933
circa 1933
Collection
Margaret Huddelston Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
000047001
Description
Small monochrome photograph of Grace McKee, facing towards the camera and in the background is the Kingston General Hosptial School of Nursing circa 1904 residence; dressed in her graduation nurse's uniform of a starched long sleeved white cotton dress and a red fabric cross on her right arm, as we…
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Accession Number
000047001
Collection
Margaret Huddelston Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nurse
Nurse's Uniform
Hospitals
Photography
Description
Small monochrome photograph of Grace McKee, facing towards the camera and in the background is the Kingston General Hosptial School of Nursing circa 1904 residence; dressed in her graduation nurse's uniform of a starched long sleeved white cotton dress and a red fabric cross on her right arm, as well as a white cap; glued on the back of the photograph is black ripped paper and Grace's first name, written in blue pen, at the bottom left corner.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Photograph was originally owned by Grace McKee, Kingston General Hospital Nursing graduate, class of 1933. She is the sister of the donor, Margaret Huddelston.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1933
circa 1933
Date Remarks
Graduated in 1933
Material
paper: cream, white
Ink: black, grey
Inscriptions
On the back: "Grace"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005 2005-5-6 Assorted Binder A pg 19 a
Length
10.8 cm
Width
6.9 cm
Depth
0.01 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 10.8 cm X Width 6.9 cm X Depth 0.01 cm
Condition Remarks
Image slightly and evenly faded; there is a stain at the bottom of the front side of the photograph; and there is ripped black paper glued to the back of the photograph, accompanied by glue residue
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
“Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site,” “Homes for Nurses -- The Ann Baillie Building and its Successors,” Paul Robertson, Museum of Health Care at Kingston. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/about/ann-baillie-building.html
Research Facts
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.
The Ann Baillie building was constructed in 1903-1904 as the first permanent residence building for Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing students. It housed twenty-six nurses.
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Grace Storms, St. Joseph's School of Nursing Class of 1917, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston [graduation photograph]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15017
Dates
1917
circa 1917
Collection
Paul Robertson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
010004001
Description
Monochrome graduation photograph of Grace Storms from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario; mounted in a thick light brown cardstock folded in half with interior section with oval opening for photograph; photograph covered in translucent paper attached to folder; b…
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Accession Number
010004001
Collection
Paul Robertson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nurse
Nurse's Uniform
Photography
Description
Monochrome graduation photograph of Grace Storms from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario; mounted in a thick light brown cardstock folded in half with interior section with oval opening for photograph; photograph covered in translucent paper attached to folder; bust portrait photograph of nurse Grace Storms wearing white nurse's uniform and white nurse's cap with black ribbon band; uniform has four buttons at the top and a graduation class pin; front of folder has a symbol in the top left corner which appears to be that of a tall pillar or structure with six trapezoids at the top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by the donor, Paul Robertson, from The Great Deseronto Antiques Emporium.
Maker
Weese
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1917
circa 1917
Date Remarks
Graduation date
Material
paper: tan
ink: black, grey
Inscriptions
On the inside: "Weese // KINGSTON"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A pg. 26 a
Length
28.3 cm
Width
18.0 cm
Depth
0.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
measured closed; Length 28.3 cm X Width 18.0 cm X Depth 0.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper shows wear along edges and yellowing and minor surface marks; photograph in excellent condition; small blotted stains and short pen marks throughout the front and back covers; small blotted stains on the frame around the picture; slight rip at the bottom left corner of the thin paper covering the photograph
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Video
Book
Reference Comments
Rodney Carter. "Origins of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston." https://vimeo.com/41869882
St. Joseph's School of Nursing: 1912-1974. http://www.chac.ca/about/history/books/on/Kingston_Hotel%20Dieu%20St%20Joseph's%20School%20of%20Nursing_1912-1974.pdf
Research Facts
St. Joseph's Training School at Hotel Dieu Hospital was founded in 1912 for the training of secular and religious nurses as the demand for nurses grew at Hotel Dieu. The course of study became increasingly formalized with a three year course of study, lectures by doctors, etc.
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Hollywood Sani-white shoe polish

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14873
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Category
Personal Care
Toiletries
Classification
Personal Care
Toiletries
Accession Number
017002001 a-c
Description
Rectangular paper cardboard box (a) holds clear glass full bottle of white shoe polish (b) and rectangular tan short nubbed fabric applicator (c); box with images of nurse in white nurse caps and uniform plus a blond-haired baby's face.
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Accession Number
017002001 a-c
Category
Personal Care
Toiletries
Classification
Personal Care
Toiletries
MeSH Heading
Nurse's Uniform
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
Description
Rectangular paper cardboard box (a) holds clear glass full bottle of white shoe polish (b) and rectangular tan short nubbed fabric applicator (c); box with images of nurse in white nurse caps and uniform plus a blond-haired baby's face.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - box: Length 16.2 cm X Width 6.8 cm X Depth 3.8 cm
b - bottle: Length 13.2 cm X Width 5.4 cm X Depth 2.8 cm
c - applicator: Length 6.3 cm X Width 3.7 cm X Depth 0.4 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Hollywood Shoe Polish Inc.
Site Made (City)
Richmond Hill
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
USA
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Date Remarks
Based on product advertisements, measurements, etc.
Material
paper: white
ink:blue,yellow, red
glass: clear
metal: blue
fabric: tan
Inscriptions
Printed on box: "sani-ize with // sani-white // HOLLYWOOD // sani- // white // FOR ALL WHITE SHOES // Excellent for Sneakers, too! // GUARANTEED SATISFAC- // TORY OR YOUR MONEY // REFUNDED BY HOLLY - // WOOD SHOE POLISH INC. // NET 3 FL. OZ // Cleans & Preserves // non-toxic for children's shoes // HOLLYWOOD // sani- // white // FOR ALL WHITE SHOES // Excellent for Sneakers, too! // GUARANTEED TO CONSUMER PARENTS MAGAZINE // NET 3 FL. OZ. // "Rub off" Resistant"; on side panels: "DIRECTIONS // Apply Sani White to the // hair side of the enclosed // applicator. Rub gently in // a circular motion until // dirt disappears. Allow to // dry and rub to a shine. // TO PREVENT RUB OFF, // BUFF SHOES TO A SHINE // WITH A CLEAN CLOTH // SHAKE WELL // BEFORE USING // CLEANS and // PRESERVES // Not only whitens your white shoes, whether // they are buck, calf // canvas, kid or linen, // but actually cleans // and preserves your // shoes. // for your protection // Sani White contains // special ingredients // which keep the polish // fresh, sanitary and // uniform // HOLLYWOOD // SHOE POLISH INC. // RICHMNOND HILL, N.Y. 11419 // FOR THE FAMILY'S SHOES // use // sani - // black // ALSO // BROWN BLUE RED OX BLOOD"; embossed on bottle: "HOLLYWOOD // sani- // white // FOR // WHITE SHOES"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row F
Condition Remarks
Box shows wear especially at top flap opening; applicator firmly folded, bottle missing paper label and shows minor interior yellowing
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Magazine
Reference Comments
Life Magazine, Aug 12, 1966. Advertisement for Hollywood Sani-White. https://books.google.ca/books?id=ClYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Life+Magazine+1966&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
Research Facts
Sani-White was used by nurses to shine their white shoes, and by parents to clean their babies' shoes, as it was advertised as non-toxic and safe so that babies could chew on their shoes.
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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 School of Nursing Class of 1900 [graduation photograph]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14962
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
009033001
Description
Monochrome sepiatone large photograph of ten nurses in the nursing uniform of Kingston General Hospital circa 1900 printed on thick cardstock; head nurse in the center is dressed in a dark coloured nursing uniform with a white cap, collar and cuffs and rimless spectacles on a thin gold chain pinned…
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Accession Number
009033001
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Nurses
Photography
Description
Monochrome sepiatone large photograph of ten nurses in the nursing uniform of Kingston General Hospital circa 1900 printed on thick cardstock; head nurse in the center is dressed in a dark coloured nursing uniform with a white cap, collar and cuffs and rimless spectacles on a thin gold chain pinned to the right side, and an enameld class pin for the Toronto General Hospital at the collar; surrounding the head nurse are nine other nurses in training; two of them are sitting in the front and at a lower level than the head nurse, two others are also sitting, but at the height of the head nurse, two nurses are standing at the second row from the back and behind them are three more nurses standing above all the others; the nurses in training are wearing white nursing uniforms with white caps and red sleeves plus a red fabric cross on white cotton puffy short sleeves on their right sleeves; written on the back of the photograph is information on the original owner of the photograph and the donor.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally belonged to the donor's great-aunt, Harriet Peck, who is a graduate from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1900.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Date Remarks
Noted on documents
Material
paper: brown
ink: black, grey
Inscriptions
On the back: "Standing second from left (left of Head Nurse // with Toronto General Hospital Pin) is // Harriet (Hattie) Corinthia Peck great aunt // of Carole Anne (Bontee) Bleeker graduate of // Toronto General Hospital 1959"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-4-1
Length
25.6 cm
Width
31.0 cm
Depth
0.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 25.6 cm X Width 31.0 cm X Depth 0.1 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
There were thirteen graduates for the Class of 1900 Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing.
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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Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1922 [graduation photograph]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14976
Dates
1922
circa 1922
Collection
Judy Horsey Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Portrait Picture
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Portrait Picture
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
999022001
Description
Monochrome sepia brown photograph of the graduating class of 1922 from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; thirty nurses are outside on the front entrance steps of the original circa 1904 nursing residence with their backs to the doors, and looking forward at the camera; twenty-five of…
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Accession Number
999022001
Collection
Judy Horsey Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Portrait Picture
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Portrait Picture
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nurses
Nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Photography
Description
Monochrome sepia brown photograph of the graduating class of 1922 from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; thirty nurses are outside on the front entrance steps of the original circa 1904 nursing residence with their backs to the doors, and looking forward at the camera; twenty-five of the nurses are sitting on the steps, divided into the first three rows; the fourth and farthest row back consists of five nurses standing; each nurse is holding their rolled diplomas with a large bouquet of red roses and ferns and dressed in their white cotton nursing uniform, which includes white cap, stocking and shoes; their caps have a black ribbon along upper edge.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by Abbie Judson, a graduate from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1922. She is also the aunt of the donor, Judy Horsey.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1922
circa 1922
Date Remarks
Noted on Transfer of Ownership
Material
paper: cream
ink: sepia brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Assorted Binder A pg 24 a
Length
20.3 cm
Width
25.2 cm
Depth
0.01 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 20.3 cm X Width 25.2 cm X Depth 0.01 cm
Condition Remarks
Image is evenly faded throughout to a fair extent; minor tear on the upper right side, a small tear on the centre bottom side, and two small tears on the top left side; surface has a pattern of missing ink possibly from being behind glass for many years and stuck to the glass.
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
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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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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nurse's surgical gown

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10917
Dates
1940
1945
circa 1940-1945
Collection
Operating Room Nurse Collection
Category
Nursing
Surgery, Instrumentation
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Surgery, instrumentation
General Surgery
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
003027001
Description
A white one-piece knee-length nurse's surgical gown with a round collar, short sleeves and a pocket on the right side; cinched at the waist by a double-thickness fabric belt which is part of the dress; skirt has a wide hem.
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Accession Number
003027001
Collection
Operating Room Nurse Collection
Category
Nursing
Surgery, Instrumentation
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Surgery, instrumentation
General Surgery
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Textiles
Clothing
Nurse's Uniform
Description
A white one-piece knee-length nurse's surgical gown with a round collar, short sleeves and a pocket on the right side; cinched at the waist by a double-thickness fabric belt which is part of the dress; skirt has a wide hem.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Found in collection; possibly came from a donor in Cornwall (Cornwall was written on the Canada Post stamp on the envelope the material came in).
Maker
LacMac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1945
circa 1940-1945
Date Remarks
It was used in the early 1940s.
Material
fabric: white
Inscriptions
"Made by Lac-Mac // London.Can // Size 40" printed on a tag in the collar.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet G
Length
112.0 cm
Width
78.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 112..0 cm x Width 78.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Some staining; the stitching around the pocket is coming loose.
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
Used by an operating room nurse in the early 1940s. The dress is meant to be pulled on over the head.
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
1952
circa 1952
Collection
Doreen (Appleton) Mainse Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
004028001
Description
A cotton probationary nurse's uniform; the outfit has blue and white vertical stripes and consists of a skirt bottom with a button up top with short sleeves.
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Accession Number
004028001
Collection
Doreen (Appleton) Mainse Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Description
A cotton probationary nurse's uniform; the outfit has blue and white vertical stripes and consists of a skirt bottom with a button up top with short sleeves.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used by Doreen Appleton Mainse in 1952.
Maker
LacMac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1952
circa 1952
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks.
Material
fabric: blue, white
Inscriptions
"DOREEN APPLETON" printed on a tag in the collar; "MADE BY // Lac-Mac // LONDON, CANADA" printed on a tag in the collar
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
BOX 12
Temporary Location
To exhibit: "For Service to Humanity", Nursing Gallery: Showcase East, Museum of Health Care, 13 Nov. 2008.
Length
111.0 cm
Width
68.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 111.0 cm x Width 68.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Slightly yellowed.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Reference Comments
Doreen Appleton Mainse
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
Doreen Appleton (maiden name) attended Queen's Nursing Science School from 1951-1952, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing from 1952-1955, and Queen's again from 1955-1956; she worked at Ongwanada Sanatorium in the summer of 1956, and at Public Health in Napanee and at schools etc. in the late 1950s; she worked part time during the 1960s at Kingston General Hospital and did not work from the late 1960s until 1977 when she returned part time to Kingston General Hospital; she also worked at the Fraser Armstrong Patient Center from 1979-1992, and at a doctor's office until she retired in 1996; this type of uniform was used in the first year of nursing school and was usually referred to as a "probie".
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 until 1945. 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.
Exhibit History
On exhibit at the Museum of Health Care in the East Gallery, small cases #1 and #2 - May 30, 2007.
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nurse's uniform

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Dates
1925
circa 1925
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
996028068
Description
A one-piece probationer's uniform made from blue and white gingham; dress designed with long sleeves and skirt that falls to mid-calf; three white buttons from neck to waist, one button on waist, two buttons below the waist; no collar or cuffs; two buttons at each wrist; one hip pocket on left side…
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Accession Number
996028068
Collection
Nora Valleau Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Description
A one-piece probationer's uniform made from blue and white gingham; dress designed with long sleeves and skirt that falls to mid-calf; three white buttons from neck to waist, one button on waist, two buttons below the waist; no collar or cuffs; two buttons at each wrist; one hip pocket on left side; slight v-neck design around neck; collar button still attached at back of collar; name tag also appears at back of collar.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Nora Valleau, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing graduate Class of 1928.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1925
circa 1925
Date Remarks
Valleau's first year at Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing
Material
fabric: white; blue
plastic: white
Inscriptions
On inside collar: "Nora Valleau"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
BOX 7
Temporary Location
To exhibit: "For Service to Humanity", Nursing Gallery: restored Room 1016, Museum of Health Care, 13 Nov. 2008.
Length
107.0 cm
Width
72.5 cm
Depth
0.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 107.0 cm. x Width 72.5 cm. x Depth 0.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Fabric is in good condition; still starched; no fraying of seams; buttons securely attached; 5 mm round hole on front skirt 10.5 cm below waistline and 12 cm from left side seam; on waistband at back is a pulled white thread 11.8 cm from right side
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Documents
Other
Reference Comments
"Information Re KGH Nursing Uniforms" by Marilyn Boston
"KGH Nursing Alumni Memorabilia" by Marilyn Boston
"Oral History Transcript for Nora Valleau" by Rona Rustige
Research Facts
Probationary students' uniforms that were first worn by Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing students. Probationers' uniforms were always distinguished from regular student nurse's uniforms; in Valleau's time, "probies" wore blue-and-white gingham uniforms with a white apron worn over top; cuffs were 13.5 cm long; with this uniform were worn black boots and stockings; between 1886 and 1974, the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing uniforms were modified 6 times (1886, 1900, 1906, 1924, 1939, and 1967); black shoes and stockings were required because it was felt that the probationers were unable to keep themselves clean enough to wear white; probationary period included the first 3 months of nursing school.
Exhibit History
On exhibit at Museum, Jan. 22, 2001-June 9, 2008.
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