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Historic Nursing Uniforms: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


February 23, 2009

Ah, the portrait of a nurse.

The freshly starched dress, that sharp little hat (oh, that hat!), the coveted pin; remnants of an era long forgotten.

Or are they? Just a few decades back, nurses were required to wear this cap. They had no choice but to button up that pinafore apron every day. And for what? Certainly not for sterilization, though that may have been the intent back then. Now we know better.

Join us as we remember the uniforms of decades past — and smile, because we’ll never force you to wear these outfits again. Ever. Unless you want to, of course.

Unfortunately, there were no cameras until 1839, so we’ve started with the late 1800s.

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