Wood framed rectangular monochromatic panoramic graduation photograph of Hamilton General Hospital Nurses Training School Class of 1946; photograph depicts 93 graduating nursing students in white uniforms arranged in three rows and holding large bouquets of roses; three older nurses in white unifor…
Wood framed rectangular monochromatic panoramic graduation photograph of Hamilton General Hospital Nurses Training School Class of 1946; photograph depicts 93 graduating nursing students in white uniforms arranged in three rows and holding large bouquets of roses; three older nurses in white uniforms and two men in black suits seated in centre of first row; nurses are standing on grass lawn beside a large building; photograph information and studio written across bottom of photograph in white ink; clear glass glaze at front and moulded wooden frame painted black; thin brown paper attached and covered with clear packing tape covers thick brown cardboard backing secured with grey metal brad nails; grey metal mounting wire stretched horizontally across back and attached with grey metal eye screws.
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Donor is son of original owner: Verna Mae Sproule (1 May 1922 – 2003), Hamilton General Hospital Training School Class 1946. Miss Sproule worked at Kingston General Hospital as scrub nurse for Dr. Bingham.
Year of graduating class; date appears on front of photograph
paper: white, black, brown, tan
On front in white ink: NURSES GRADUATING CLASS - JUNE 5, 1946 // HAMILTON GENERAL HOSPITAL // Cunningham // Studio”
Storage Room 2005
Unit Of Measure
Length 77.9 cm X Width 19.2 cm X Depth 1.3 cm
Minor scratching and chipping of paint all over frame; minor separation of frame pieces at bottom proper right corner; backing paper covered in clear adhesive packing tape, possibly a previous repair to reattach backing paper; minor separation of adhesive packing tape on short ends of frame back; minor adhesive residue on proper left side of glass glaze.
“Hamilton General Hospital.” History of Health Care in Hamilton, McMaster University, 2020.
This is a graduation photograph of the Hamilton General Hospital Training School Class of 1946. Verna Mae Sproule (1 May 1922 – 2003), the mother of the artifact donor, was a member of the graduating class; Sproule also briefly worked at Kingston General Hospital as a scrub nurse for Dr. Bingham.
The Hamilton General Hospital training school for nurses was an apprenticeship style program that began in 1890; the program was initially two years, but was expanded to a three-year program led by the head nurse and physicians; it involved formal instruction and on the job training; the Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing discontinued in 1973 when Mohawk College took over the program.