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Dates
1960
1969
circa 1960-1969
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
004014006 a-r
Description
A nurse's blue one-piece princess-style uniform (a) with short sleeves; eight round white plastic shank-style buttons (b-i); affixed by cotter pins (k-r) down the front; one shank screw has detached (j); the neckband has three buttonholes for attaching a collar; each sleeve has a buttonhole for att…
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Accession Number
004014006 a-r
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
A nurse's blue one-piece princess-style uniform (a) with short sleeves; eight round white plastic shank-style buttons (b-i); affixed by cotter pins (k-r) down the front; one shank screw has detached (j); the neckband has three buttonholes for attaching a collar; each sleeve has a buttonhole for attaching a cuff; there are three patch pockets: one breast pocket and two hip pockets.
Number Of Parts
18
Part Names
a - dress - Size: Length 107.0 cm x Width 82.0 cm
b-i - buttons - Size: Depth 0.7 cm x Diam 1.5 cm
j - shank screw - Size: Depth 0.8 cm x Diam 0.5 cm
k-r - pins - Size: Length 1.9 cm x Diam 0.5 cm
Provenance
Worn by Patricia Langsford.
Maker
Corbett-Cowley Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1960
1969
circa 1960-1969
Date Remarks
Based on the era when one-piece uniforms were in style.
Material
fabric: blue; red
plastic: white
metal: grey
Inscriptions
"Patricia Langsford" woven on a name tape sewn on the inside of the neckband; "CORBETT-COWLEY // LIMITED // TORONTO & MONTREAL // PRE-SHRUNK" printed on a white tag sewn on the inside at the waist.
Permanent Location
(a) - Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet A
(b-r) - Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-1
Condition Remarks
#1: The hemline has been altered and the lowest button removed; #2: dress (a) was washed and a new storage mount created.
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
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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nurse's uniform cape

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact13950
Dates
1952
1962
circa 1952-1962
Collection
The Gloria (Barwell) Kay Nurses’ Cap Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
011001016 a-c
Description
Navy wool cape with attached red wool lining; "T.E.G.H." machine embroidered on separate wool patches and hand sewn to collar, in gold stitching to either side of mandarin-style collar; with one side "T. E." and the other "G. H."; metal chain attached to back of collar for hanging; two removable bu…
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Accession Number
011001016 a-c
Collection
The Gloria (Barwell) Kay Nurses’ Cap Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
Navy wool cape with attached red wool lining; "T.E.G.H." machine embroidered on separate wool patches and hand sewn to collar, in gold stitching to either side of mandarin-style collar; with one side "T. E." and the other "G. H."; metal chain attached to back of collar for hanging; two removable button tab closures with two 2.2 cm navy plastic buttons; inner protective facing on upper opening; two hook and eyes at neck with black leather tab protector; internal coin pocket on left facing; two piece construction with a pair of shoulder darts for shaping; measurement from center back to hem 98.4 cm; hem width is 2.19 m.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – cape– Size: Length 98.4 cm x Width 1.09 m x Depth 1.2 cm
b – tab – Size: Length 13.2 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
c – tab – Size: Length 13.2 cm x Width 5.0cm x Depth 0.3 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Jill Rogers.
Maker
Corbett-Cowley Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1952
1962
circa 1952-1962
Date Remarks
Date based on date of graduation
Material
fabric: blue, red, yellow
metal: silver
plastic: blue
ink: blue
leather: black
Inscriptions
On the collar "T. E. // G. H."; "MISS JILL // ROGERS" written in blue ink on attached label at back neck; "CORBETT-COWLEY // LIMITED // TORONTO AND MONTREAL" is woven into attached fabric label inside left facing
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet D
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Article
Reference Comments
Donor information
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
Mallory Warner, “Where is the missing piece of lining in this U.S. Navy nurse's cape?,” April 5, 2017. National Museum of American History, https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/us-navy-nurses-cape
Research Facts
Jill Rogers is a graduate of the Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1957.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses’ capes were an important part of the nurse’s uniform, and became a symbol of nursing and care in their own right outside of the rest of the uniform. The Red Cross, like Kingston General Hospital, lined the inside of their nurses’ capes with red, and the symbol of the red lined cape was used in recruiting posters for nurses during World War I, making the nurse look heroic. Nurses serving with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War also wore woollen cloaks, predecessors of the nursing cape. For many women, the cape was part of their identity as nurses.
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nurse's uniform cape

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact13951
Dates
1946
1956
circa 1946-1956
Collection
Sue (Etmanski) Wight Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
011012001 a-c
Description
Black felted wool nurse's cape (a) with red cotton lining and inside coin pocket on the left-hand facing; two piece construction; silver metal chain at back neck to hang cape; long lined facing attached inside at chest height for wind protection; fastens with two self fabric tabs (b, c) attached by…
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Accession Number
011012001 a-c
Collection
Sue (Etmanski) Wight Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
Black felted wool nurse's cape (a) with red cotton lining and inside coin pocket on the left-hand facing; two piece construction; silver metal chain at back neck to hang cape; long lined facing attached inside at chest height for wind protection; fastens with two self fabric tabs (b, c) attached by two black plastic 1.7 cm buttons on each tab at chest; mandarin collar fastens with two hook and eyes with H. D. H. in gold machine embroidery on both sides; length from center back to hem 94.0 cm; width of hem 2.20 m.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – cape – Size: Length 94.0 cm x Width 1.03 m x Depth 0.5 cm
b – tab – Size: Length 14.0 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
c – tab – Size: Length 14.0 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Sue (Etmanski) Wight; donated to museum by Glennis Zilm
Maker
Corbett-Cowley Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1946
1956
circa 1946-1956
Date Remarks
Date based on date of graduation
Material
fabric: black, red, yellow
metal: silver, black
plastic: black
Inscriptions
"H.D.H" is embroidered on both sides of collar; " CORBETT- COWLEY // LIMITED // TORONTO AND MONTREAL" is woven into fabric label inside left facing; "ETMANSKI" is written in ink inside label at back neck.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010 CLOSET A
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Websites
Article
Reference Comments
Donor information
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
Mallory Warner, “Where is the missing piece of lining in this U.S. Navy nurse's cape?,” April 5, 2017. National Museum of American History, https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/us-navy-nurses-cape
Research Facts
Sue (Etmanski) Wight is a graduate of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing for Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston from 1948-1951.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses’ capes were an important part of the nurse’s uniform, and became a symbol of nursing and care in their own right outside of the rest of the uniform. The Red Cross, like Kingston General Hospital, lined the inside of their nurses’ capes with red, and the symbol of the red lined cape was used in recruiting posters for nurses during World War I, making the nurse look heroic. Nurses serving with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War also wore woollen cloaks, predecessors of the nursing cape. For many women, the cape was part of their identity as nurses.
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student nurse's gym romper

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact13955
Dates
1946
1956
circa 1946-1956
Collection
Mary Casey Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
013017001
Description
One-piece white and blue cotton gym uniform; pleated skort-like design; notched collar; four 1.2 cm white plastic button closure at front; two 1.2 plastic button closure at waist; two 1.2 plastic button closure down hip; one patch pocket at left bust; "TWH" machine embroidered into bust pocket; len…
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Accession Number
013017001
Collection
Mary Casey Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
One-piece white and blue cotton gym uniform; pleated skort-like design; notched collar; four 1.2 cm white plastic button closure at front; two 1.2 plastic button closure at waist; two 1.2 plastic button closure down hip; one patch pocket at left bust; "TWH" machine embroidered into bust pocket; length from back neck to hem 84.5 cm; hem width 2.24 m.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Mary Casey.
Maker
Corbett-Cowley Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1946
1956
circa 1946-1956
Date Remarks
Date based on date of graduation
Material
fabric: blue, white
plastic: white
Inscriptions
"CORBETT-COWELY // LIMITED // TORONTO & MONTREAL // JOYCE MAXWELL" woven into fabric label at back neck; "WTH" machine embroidered on breast pocket
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet E
Length
84.5 cm
Width
112.0 cm
Depth
0.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 84.5 cm x Width 112.0 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Website
Reference Comments
Donor information
uOttawa, Library, "Toronto Western Hospital School of Nursing series," https://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/node/16092
Research Facts
Mary Casey is a graduate of the Toronto Western Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1951. The School of Nursing at the Toronto Western Hospital was established in 1896. In 1899 the program was expanded to three years, and the school closed in 1974.
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