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What Did Nurses Wear In The '50s? Amazing!

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts,” Florence Nightingale once said.

Nursing was actually one of the few professions considered suitable for a woman to pursue. But a lot has changed since then. Including what nurses are required to wear. While now nurses get to wear colorful scrubs, some that make you smile, it wasn’t always the case.

In the 19th century, nurses wore servant uniforms that were all black or a printed gown with a cap and apron. Later on, trained nurses started wearing lighter colored gowns with white aprons and caps. They later added some hats, colored bands and capes to distinguish their ranks.

But the 1950s, their skirts and sleeves became shorter. By the 1960s, uniforms changed again since people began doing their laundry in a machine. This required the uniforms to be easier to clean so dresses began less form-fitting and easier to wash, iron and wear.

Source: Little Things
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