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Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Collection
Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
002017002
Description
A small pink cup-shaped style enameled bedpan known as a "baby potty," with a round handle on one side.
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Accession Number
002017002
Collection
Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Hygiene
Pediatrics
Sanitation
Toilet Facilities
Description
A small pink cup-shaped style enameled bedpan known as a "baby potty," with a round handle on one side.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. R. Gordon Sinclair.
Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920-1930
Date Remarks
Based on appearance and colour
Material
metal: pink
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-2
Temporary Location
On display "Doctor's Treatment Room c1930" at Museum of Health Care 20 Feb 2016.
Length
16.5 cm
Width
15.0 cm
Depth
7.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 16.5 cm x Width 15.0 cm x Depth 7.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Several large chips and cracks in the enamel coating of object, especially at the edges; some water marks and corrosion on chips inside object.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Brownstoner, "From Pakistan to Brooklyn: A Quick History of the Bathroom," by Suzanne Spellen, https://www.brownstoner.com/architecture/victorian-bathroom-history-plumbing-brooklyn-architecture-interiors/.
Research Facts
By the 1920s, bathrooms were becoming more colourful and decorative than they had been in the Victorian era.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
997009001 a-b
Description
Enamel-covered metal bedpan with lid, which consists of: (a) bedpan with an open top and a cylindrical spout at the front; the bedpan is rounded at the top and tapers to a square closed dovetail shape at the bottom; the base of the bedpan is flat; there is a round opening above this that is covered…
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Accession Number
997009001 a-b
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Enamel-covered metal bedpan with lid, which consists of: (a) bedpan with an open top and a cylindrical spout at the front; the bedpan is rounded at the top and tapers to a square closed dovetail shape at the bottom; the base of the bedpan is flat; there is a round opening above this that is covered with (b) a round enamel-covered metal lid with a rounded handle on the outer centre; the rest of the bedpan is closed; the enamel coating is white with a blue stripe at the edges
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bedpan
b - lid
Provenance
Purchased and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
metal: dark grey
enamel: white; blue
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-1
Condition Remarks
The bedpan and lid arrived dirty and dusty; there are several large chips in the enamel coating - especially at the edges; some corrosion is visible where the metal has been exposed
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Sadie A. Allen Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
996016001
Description
Oval umber coloured porcelain bedpan with dovetail front and a circular spout at the back.
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Accession Number
996016001
Collection
Sadie A. Allen Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Oval umber coloured porcelain bedpan with dovetail front and a circular spout at the back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor, Sadie A. Allen.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
porcelain: gold
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
44.4 cm
Width
27.5 cm
Depth
12.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 44.4 cm. x Width: 27.5 cm. x Depth: 12.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bedpan shows no chips, cracks or excessive wear on the porcelain; there are some small unidentified brown marks near the lip of the opening and a small spot of an unidentified substance on the bottom
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
Sadie A. Allen
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
000003109
Description
A stainless steel bedpan: oval in shape with a continuous rim and a spout; it tapers towards the spout end; its corners and edges are rounded.
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Accession Number
000003109
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
A stainless steel bedpan: oval in shape with a continuous rim and a spout; it tapers towards the spout end; its corners and edges are rounded.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Maker
Allen & Hanburys Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Date Remarks
Allen & Hanburys was absorbed by Glaxo in 1958; stainless steel was used in bedpans in the early to mid twentieth century.
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"ALLEN & HANBURYS"; a hollow rectangle encases the words, "TAWLITE // MADE IN ENGLAND // 18-8 STAINLESS // STEEL" and "578/SM"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-4
Length
35.4 cm
Width
28.7 cm
Depth
11.5 cm
Dimension Notes
Length 35.4 cm x Width 28.7 cm x Depth 11.5 cm
Condition Remarks
The bedpan was dusty and there were some dirt particles inside; there are signs of recently active corrosion; there are small rust spots along the outer side at the narrow end, and on the bottom inside; there are water marks, minor deposits and other signs of wear such as small scratches on the bedpan; there is one small, round dent on the outside bottom of the pan.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Websites
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
"Hospital and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," the J.F. Hartz Co., 1960, p. 267
"Allen & Hanburys' Surgical Appliances," Feb 14, 2013. https://spitalfieldslife.com/2013/02/14/allen-hanburys-surgical-appliances/
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1890
1902
circa 1890-1902
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
1978.24.1
Description
French pattern, undecorated white earthenware bedpan of the "slipper" type; it has a round hole and tapers at the bottom, with a spout poitning upwards at the other end.
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Accession Number
1978.24.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
French pattern, undecorated white earthenware bedpan of the "slipper" type; it has a round hole and tapers at the bottom, with a spout poitning upwards at the other end.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Miss Helen Cronin of Toronto. This item came from a drugstore in Northern Ontario (St. Mary's); Miss Cronin's father, an engineer, took over the drugstore in payment of a debt.
Maker
L. B. Beerbower
Site Made (City)
Elizabeth
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1902
circa 1890-1902
Date Remarks
L. B. Beerbower & Co. was established in 1879 and closed in 1902.
Material
earthenware: white
Inscriptions
Printed in black on base around the perimeter of a circle: "L.B. BEERBOWER // WARRANTED"; inside the circle is what looks like a four-pointed cross.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
39.4 cm
Width
29.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 39.4 cm x Width 29.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Glaze is crazed
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Article
Books
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Stephen A. Brighton, "Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach," University of Tennessee Press, 2009. https://books.google.ca/books?id=4p07hjxezAcC&dq=l+b+beerbower&source=gbs_navlinks_s
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance U.S. Government Printing Office, 1894 - Tariff, "Bulletin, Volumes 6-8." https://books.google.ca/books?id=rjLPAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
1981.31.1 a-b
Description
Enamel-covered cream metal bedpan which consists of: (a) bedpan with an open top and looped handle; the bedpan has a wide lip with a blue edge and circular opening covered by a round enamel-covered metal lid (b) with a rounded handle in the centre.
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Accession Number
1981.31.1 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Enamel-covered cream metal bedpan which consists of: (a) bedpan with an open top and looped handle; the bedpan has a wide lip with a blue edge and circular opening covered by a round enamel-covered metal lid (b) with a rounded handle in the centre.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bedpan - Size: Length 45.0 cm x Width 10.5 cm x Diam 32.3 cm
b - lid - Size: Depth 4.4 cm x Diam 23.7 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
enamel: cream, blue
metal: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-2
Condition Remarks
Several rust spots inside pan; some staining on lid
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Dr. James V. Gallivan Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
007024010
Description
Brown porcelain bedpan with dovetail front and male gooseneck urinal spout at the back.
  3 images  
Accession Number
007024010
Collection
Dr. James V. Gallivan Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Brown porcelain bedpan with dovetail front and male gooseneck urinal spout at the back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by donor's grandfather, Dr. James V. Gallivan, graduate of Queen's University Faculty of Medicine, class of 1904.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
ceramic: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
46.3 cm
Width
28.0 cm
Depth
16.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 46.3 cm x Width 28.0 cm x Depth 16.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches on the bottom
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1909
1930
circa 1909-1930
Collection
Mrs. Majorie McGlade Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
009010001
Description
Flat-bottomed oval white porcelain slipper style bedpan with tapered sides towards the center with molded solid handle at the back; manufacturers information stamped on inside back
  4 images  
Accession Number
009010001
Collection
Mrs. Majorie McGlade Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Flat-bottomed oval white porcelain slipper style bedpan with tapered sides towards the center with molded solid handle at the back; manufacturers information stamped on inside back
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor's mother, Mrs. Majorie McGlade.
Maker
Meinecke
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1909
1930
circa 1909-1930
Material
ceramic: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed inside bedpan: ""MEINECKE" // PERFECTION // BED AND DOUCHE PAN // THE MOST COMFORTABLE // AND SANITARY BED PAN // IN THE WORLD // FOR HOSPITAL AND HOME // U.S. PATENT JUNE 9 1907 // AND MAY 4 1909 // ALSO PAT IN GREAT BRITAIN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-2
Length
35.6 cm
Width
27.0 cm
Depth
9.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 35.6 cm x Width 27.0 cm x Depth 9.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Looks like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Research Facts
Hotel Dieu Hospital School of Nursing Graduate, class of 1941, Mrs. Majorie McGlade (d. 2000) used bedpan while nursing her parents.
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
995002026
Description
Off-white ceramic oval bedpan with circular spout at the top back.
  1 image  
Accession Number
995002026
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
Off-white ceramic oval bedpan with circular spout at the top back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Ruth Wallace, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1931.
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Material
ceramic: off-white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-3
Length
40.0 cm
Width
23.0 cm
Depth
11.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 40.0 cm. x Width: 23.0 cm. x Depth: 11.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Shows little wear; some staining; small chips on spout and 2 cracks (1.25 and 1.0); hairline crack (1.0); base shows evidence of wear on the edges
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Barb (Earl) Gilbert, Kingston General Hospital Nursing School graduate class of 1963, and daughter of Ruth Wallace.
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
This bedpan style is a "slipper" type, later referred to as a fracture bedpan and can be slipped under the patient. The spout is to facilitate washing it out. Fracture bedpans are smaller than standard size bedpans, and have one flat end. This bedpan style is designed specifically for patients who are bedridden and have limited movement to use a standard style bedpan.
Images
Less detail
Dates
1905
1930
circa 1905-1930
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
Accession Number
995002027
Description
White enameled oval bedpan with blue-lined edges.
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Accession Number
995002027
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Bedpan
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Toilet Facilities
Patient Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Description
White enameled oval bedpan with blue-lined edges.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Ruth Wallace, graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1931.
Dates
1905
1930
circa 1905-1930
Material
metal:
enamel: off-white; blue
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-N1-4
Temporary Location
On display "Doctor's Treatment Room c1930" at Museum of Health Care 20 Feb 2016.
Length
36.0 cm
Width
29.0 cm
Depth
7.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 36.0 cm. x Width: 29.0 cm. x Depth: 7.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Shows negligible wear; slightly scratched at bottom front
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Article
Reference Comments
American Association for the History of Nursing, https://www.aahn.org/bedpans#:~:text=Porcelain%2C%20china%2C%20and%20even%20pottery,enamel%20and%20then%20stainless%20steel.&text=Today%20these%20antique%20bedpans%20are,be%20found%20in%20antique%20stores.
Cassandra Good, “The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” August 20th, 2015. Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-saga-george-washingtons-bedpan-180956347/
Barb (Earl) Gilbert, graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1963 and daughter of Ruth Wallace
Research Facts
Before the late nineteenth century, bedpans and similar objects were made of metals such as pewter, brass, and sometimes even glass. By the late nineteenth century, porcelain, china, and pottery were used. As the 20th century dawned, bedpans, urinals, basins, etc. were made of enamel and later stainless steel. In the 1960s, there was a shift towards plastics and other disposables.
The bedpan was designed for people who could not or should not rise from their beds to relieve themselves. A bedpan could be lightly heated and placed under the covers of the beds of the elderly, people who were ill, and women recovering from childbirth so that they would not have to get out of bed. They were routinely emptied by caregivers, nurses, etc.
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