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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Personal Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Toiletries
Classification
Personal Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Toiletries
Accession Number
002001072
Description
Square cotton fabric handkerchief possibly lawn style of fabric; embroidered grey floral and vine pattern in one corner; square shaped cutouts in same corner.
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Accession Number
002001072
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Personal Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Toiletries
Classification
Personal Care
Hygiene
Sanitation
Toiletries
MeSH Heading
Textiles
Military Medicine -- army -- R. C. A. M. C.
Military Medicine -- nursing
Military Medicine -- Nursing Sisters
Military Medicine -- Second World War -- World War Two -- WW2 -- WWII
Military Personnel -- nurse
Description
Square cotton fabric handkerchief possibly lawn style of fabric; embroidered grey floral and vine pattern in one corner; square shaped cutouts in same corner.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Lieutenant Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick during World War II.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Belonged to Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick (World War II)
Material
fabric: white, grey
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-V1-1 Box 1
Length
26.1 cm
Width
25.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 26.1 cm x Width 25.1 cm
Condition Remarks
slighty dirty
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Museum
Reference Comments
“Nursing Sister’s apron, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC),” Museum of Health Care. http://artefact.museumofhealthcare.ca/?p=79
Research Facts
Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick (1909-2001) served in England, France, and Italy during the Second World War. She graduated from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1931.
More than 4000 women served as military nurses during the Second World War playing a vital role in the care and comfort of wounded soldiers, sailors, and airmen. As commissioned officers known by rank and title as Nursing Sisters, they served as fully-integrated members of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Most of them worked overseas in military hospitals and casualty clearing stations. After the lean years of the 1930s when there were few available positions for graduate nurses, even with the dangers of warfare, military nursing offered a job with a good salary, benefits, status, and a chance to travel.
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infant undershirt

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12355
Dates
1930
1935
circa 1930-1935
Collection
Kit Wheeler Collection
Category
Pediatrics
Home Health Care
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Home Health Care
Accession Number
008042001
Description
One piece cream pure wool short sleeved infant undershirt with two pairs of attached fabric ties; machine stitched trim around neckline and all edges.
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Accession Number
008042001
Collection
Kit Wheeler Collection
Category
Pediatrics
Home Health Care
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
Description
One piece cream pure wool short sleeved infant undershirt with two pairs of attached fabric ties; machine stitched trim around neckline and all edges.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used by owner as an infant.
Maker
Coldavoyd
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1930
1935
circa 1930-1935
Date Remarks
Donor remarks
Material
fabric: cream
Inscriptions
Woven in fabric label: "Coldavoyd // P. W. PURE WOOL"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Box 17
Temporary Location
Exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston Genral Hospital" Nov 13 2008.
Dimension Notes
Length 25.0 cm x Width 21.5 cm x Depth 0.03 cm
Condition Remarks
Back has eight minor pin holes.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Kit Wheeler; CD #1.
Research Facts
Donor wore this wool undershirt as an infant in England in 1934.
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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/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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nurse's uniform

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact626
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002006 a-o
Description
Short-sleeved white cotton nurse's uniform dress (a); red cross on right sleeve; small left breast pocket and patch pocket on skirt; snap closure at neck; seven round flat plastic shank-style buttons (b-h) and seven cotter pins (i-o) on sleeves and bodice.
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Accession Number
995002006 a-o
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
Short-sleeved white cotton nurse's uniform dress (a); red cross on right sleeve; small left breast pocket and patch pocket on skirt; snap closure at neck; seven round flat plastic shank-style buttons (b-h) and seven cotter pins (i-o) on sleeves and bodice.
Number Of Parts
15
Part Names
a - dress - Size:
b - bib - Size:
c - apron - Size:
d - collar - Size:
e - belt - Size:
f - cuff - Size: Depth 9.0 cm x Diam. 8.0 cm
g - cuff - Size: Depth 9.0 cm x Diam. 8.0 cm
h - cap - Size:
i - cape - Size:
j - scissors - Size:
Maker
Lac Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Date Remarks
Representative of 1939 uniform
Material
fabric: red; white
plastic: white
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Marked with "1939"; name tag "Velma Johnston" in red inside collar.
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
(b-o) Storage Room 0010
0010 C5-4
Temporary Location
(i): On exhibit: "For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Nov. 13, 2008 (in restored room 1016).
Condition Remarks
#1: Overall condition good; white cotton yellowed slightly; cape worn slightly; #3: white cotton has yellowed slightly
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Photo
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, see Museum's Index;
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
Artefact (h) displayed at special Mass for nurses, St. Mary's Cathedral, Sunday, May 8, 2005, 11:15 a.m.; KGH Nursing Alumnae 2005 Special exhibit, Museum of Health Care, 20 May 2005-24 June 2005 (h only)
(d) - On exhibit at the Museum of Health Care in the East Gallery, small cases #1 and #2 - May 30, 2007-June 9, 2008; (f,g) on loan for exhibit, "Uni-Forming . . . Wearing the Uniform" at the Musee Beaulne, Coaticook, Quebec, Jan. 2008-30 Oct. 2008.
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nurse's uniform

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact628
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002008 a-i
Description
Short-sleeved blue-and-white striped cotton dress (a); calf length; metal snap closure at neck; skirt has two pockets; one left breast pocket, sewn shut except for narrow space at left; four circular rounded plastic shank-style buttons (b-e) held in place by cotter pins (f-i).
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Accession Number
995002008 a-i
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
Short-sleeved blue-and-white striped cotton dress (a); calf length; metal snap closure at neck; skirt has two pockets; one left breast pocket, sewn shut except for narrow space at left; four circular rounded plastic shank-style buttons (b-e) held in place by cotter pins (f-i).
Number Of Parts
9
Part Names
a - dress - Size:
b-e - buttons - Size: Depth 0.9 cm x Diam. 1.6 cm
f-i - cotter pins - Size: Length 2.0 cm x Width 0.4 cm
Maker
Lac Mac
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1939
circa 1939
Date Remarks
Representative of 1939 uniform
Material
fabric: white; blue; red
plastic: white
metal: grey
Inscriptions
"218 1939 [crossed out letter "P"] JUNIOR" printed inside back of collar with black marker; Manufacturer's tag at collar: red thread "MADE BY // Lac-Mac // LONDON, CANADA // SANFORIZED"
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
(b-i) Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-4
Condition Remarks
#1: Overall condition good
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Photo
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, see Museum's Index
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 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 uniform

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact629
Dates
1938
1964
circa 1938-1964
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
995002009 a-z
Description
One-piece long-sleeved white cotton nurse's uniform dress with tucked bodice (a); two patch pockets on the skirt; red cross on right sleeve with letters "KGH" in white; white belt (b) buttoned in front with shank-style buttons (c-f); dress buttoned down the front with shank-style buttons (g-v); tur…
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Accession Number
995002009 a-z
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
One-piece long-sleeved white cotton nurse's uniform dress with tucked bodice (a); two patch pockets on the skirt; red cross on right sleeve with letters "KGH" in white; white belt (b) buttoned in front with shank-style buttons (c-f); dress buttoned down the front with shank-style buttons (g-v); turned-back cuffs at wrist with buttons affixed with cotter pins (w-z).
Number Of Parts
26
Part Names
a - dress - Size:
b - belt - Size: Length 112.4 cm x Width 5.2 cm
c-d - buttons - Size: Depth 0.9 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
e-f - pins - Size: Diam. 1.0 cm
g-n - buttons - Size: Depth 0.9 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
o-v - pins - Size: Diam. 1.0 cm
w-x - buttons - Size: Depth 0.8 cm x Diam. 1.0 cm
y-z - pins - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 0.5 cm
Maker
Bland
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1938
1964
circa 1938-1964
Date Remarks
New in 1938, worn through to 1960s
Material
fabric: white; red
plastic: white
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Maker's tag to neck inside: "MADE BY // BLAND // MONTREAL // 38"; the letter "G" denoting graduate written on collar
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
(b) Storage Room 0007
Closet ?
(c-z) Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-4
Condition Remarks
#1: Overall condition good; cotton yellowed slightly
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Photo
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, see Museum's Index
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.
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Mental Health
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Mental Health
Mental Health, Hospital
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
004014017
Description
One-piece long white cotton nurse’s long sleeved shirt waist style uniform with notched collar; box pleated bodice; barrel cuffs with two 1.2 cm white plastic button sleeve closures; ladies size 12; fastened with ten 1.4 cm white plastic buttons; back kick pleat; front slash pockets; hem width 1.23…
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Accession Number
004014017
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Mental Health
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Mental Health
Mental Health, Hospital
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Mental Health
Mental Health -- hospital
Mental Health -- hospital -- school
Mental Health -- professional -- nurse
Mental Health -- psychiatric nursing
Mental Health -- professional -- uniform
Description
One-piece long white cotton nurse’s long sleeved shirt waist style uniform with notched collar; box pleated bodice; barrel cuffs with two 1.2 cm white plastic button sleeve closures; ladies size 12; fastened with ten 1.4 cm white plastic buttons; back kick pleat; front slash pockets; hem width 1.23 m; skirt length from waist seam to hem 62.5 cm; neck center back to hem 1.06 m; chest circumference 92.0 cm; waist circumference 66.0 cm; set-in half belt fastened with one 1.4 cm white plastic button.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by E. Smith
Maker
The Graduate Uniforms
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Donor information
Material
fabric: white
plastic: white
Inscriptions
"THE GRADUATE 12 // UNIFORMS // REGISTERED // OF TORONTO // WASH AND WEAR" printed on label sewn on inside of neckline; hand-written into inside centre front front button hole extension at waist is "E. SMITH"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
Length
106.0 cm
Width
56.0 cm
Depth
0.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 106.0 cm x Width 56.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Four minor small possibly blood stains on right underarm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Reference Comments
Donor's remarks
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
Kingston Psychiatric Hospital originally founded as Rockwood Asylum in 1857; became Ontario Hospital - Kingston in 1920; became Kingston Psychiatric Hospital in 1965; as part of the reform of mental health care in Ontario, facility was renamed the Providence Continuing Care Centre in March 2001.
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 100TH Anniversary of Public Health Canada, Ottawa L-2019-7 27 Nov – 2 Dec 2019
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
004014018
Description
One-piece long pale blue cotton nurse’s long sleeve uniform with white standard collar and tapered fitted sleeve with elbow darts; plackets on sleeve with metal snap closure; cotton lined bodice; waist and shoulder darts on bodice front and back; gathered skirt style; length of dress from center ba…
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Accession Number
004014018
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
One-piece long pale blue cotton nurse’s long sleeve uniform with white standard collar and tapered fitted sleeve with elbow darts; plackets on sleeve with metal snap closure; cotton lined bodice; waist and shoulder darts on bodice front and back; gathered skirt style; length of dress from center back to hem 1.12 m; circumference of gathered skirt 2.08 m.; dressmaker construction rather than mass manufacturer.
Number Of Parts
1
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Donor information
Material
fabric: blue, white
metal: silver
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
Length
112.0 cm
Width
105.0 cm
Depth
0.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 112.0 cm x Width 105.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Shows wear and slight fading of fabric
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Reference Comments
Donor's remarks
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
Kingston Psychiatric Hospital originally founded as Rockwood Asylum in 1857; became Ontario Hospital - Kingston in 1920; became Kingston Psychiatric Hospital in 1965; as part of the reform of mental health care in Ontario, facility was renamed the Providence Continuing Care Centre in March 2001.
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
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
004014019
Description
One-piece long blue and white ticking style striped cotton nurse’s long sleeve uniform with mandarin collar heavy percale style fabric full gathered sleeve at shoulder with white cuffs; cuffs with placket and two 1.5 cm white plastic button closure; bodice front has three pleats on each side of cen…
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Accession Number
004014019
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
One-piece long blue and white ticking style striped cotton nurse’s long sleeve uniform with mandarin collar heavy percale style fabric full gathered sleeve at shoulder with white cuffs; cuffs with placket and two 1.5 cm white plastic button closure; bodice front has three pleats on each side of center front and underarm darts; waist and shoulder darts on bodice back; open down front; original double deep 11.0 cm hem let down and additional 8.5 cm faded similar fabric added to create long dress; two piece sleeve construction; mandarin collar with three buttonholes to attach separate starched white collar; six 2.0 cm white plastic button closure; skirt section with hidden button placket for five button holes on dress bodice front (waist seam to neck); four missing shank button with cotter pin; two hidden pockets have fabric loop in right pocket to hold instruments at front hip level; two self fabric belt loops at waist; length of dress from center back to hem 1.30 m; width of skirt hem 1.86 m.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated to the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital Historical Collection and donated to Museum by Connie Cox and Linda Reason remaining artifacts from the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital Collection
Maker
Bland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Donor information
Material
fabric: blue, white
plastic: white
Inscriptions
"THE BEST IN THE LAND // IS MADE BY // BLAND" is woven into fabric label at back neck
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet Q
Length
130.0 cm
Width
90.0 cm
Depth
0.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 130.0 cm x Width 90.0 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Minor rust stain on right pocket; added band of fabric at hem is faded
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Reference Comments
Donor's remarks
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
Kingston Psychiatric Hospital originally founded as Rockwood Asylum in 1857; became Ontario Hospital - Kingston in 1920; became Kingston Psychiatric Hospital in 1965; as part of the reform of mental health care in Ontario, facility was renamed the Providence Continuing Care Centre in March 2001.
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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