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Two nurses smoke a cigarette while sitting for a portrait, United States, 1910s. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

Two nurses smoke a cigarette while sitting for a portrait, United States, 1910s. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

John’s nurse, a rural community nurse, United States, ca. 1914 A hundred years ago, rural visiting nurses provided the only medical care available for some isolated communities. They travelled by whatever means possible to attend to the sick. Liberated from the restrictive hierarchies of hospital life, visiting and community nurses pioneered public health movements in both the United Kingdom and United States.

John’s nurse, a rural community nurse, United States, ca. 1914 A hundred years ago, rural visiting nurses provided the only medical care available for some isolated communities. They travelled by whatever means possible to attend to the sick. Liberated from the restrictive hierarchies of hospital life, visiting and community nurses pioneered public health movements in both the United Kingdom and United States.

A young patient 'out for a stroll' with a nurse at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, 1950s.

A young patient 'out for a stroll' with a nurse at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, 1950s.

A rural nurse midwife, VA, 1920s. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

A rural nurse midwife, VA, 1920s. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for United States President, ca 1860.

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Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for United States President, ca 1860.

RCAF Nursing Sister, white uniform 18 Dec 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583104)

RCAF Nursing Sister, white uniform 18 Dec 1943. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583104)

The Passion of Former Days: Nurses of World War One: Studio portrait of Staff Nurse (SN) Christine Erica Strom, Australian Army Nursing Service, of Rydalmere, NSW, in uniform. SN Strom enlisted on 12 April 1917 as a staff nurse and embarked from Melbourne aboard RMS Mooltan on 12 June 1917. She went on to serve in British hospitals in Salonika. She returned to Australia in 1919.

The Passion of Former Days: Nurses of World War One: Studio portrait of Staff Nurse (SN) Christine Erica Strom, Australian Army Nursing Service, of Rydalmere, NSW, in uniform. SN Strom enlisted on 12 April 1917 as a staff nurse and embarked from Melbourne aboard RMS Mooltan on 12 June 1917. She went on to serve in British hospitals in Salonika. She returned to Australia in 1919.

June Collyer and her nifty medicine cabinet in “The Love Doctor” (1929)

June Collyer and her nifty medicine cabinet in “The Love Doctor” (1929)

The nurse portrayed as patriotic supporter of democracy in an advertisement for sliding doors, 1918. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

The nurse portrayed as patriotic supporter of democracy in an advertisement for sliding doors, 1918. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. National Library of Medicine

Un-named Canadian Nursing Sister with her WWII decorations: Kodachrome taken at Riverside, Ontario. She trained as a nurse in St. John, New Brunswick, and volunteered for military nursing service. She met her husband (who was in the Canadian army) they met in France in 1944 during the  Normandy Invasion, and were married on 26 July 1945 in Paris, France. They had a short honeymoon in France, returned to their units and were re-united in Canada. Posted by her son on Shorpy.

Un-named Canadian Nursing Sister with her WWII decorations: Kodachrome taken at Riverside, Ontario. She trained as a nurse in St. John, New Brunswick, and volunteered for military nursing service. She met her husband (who was in the Canadian army) they met in France in 1944 during the Normandy Invasion, and were married on 26 July 1945 in Paris, France. They had a short honeymoon in France, returned to their units and were re-united in Canada. Posted by her son on Shorpy.

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