National Nurses’ Uniforms Of 1950

The International Nurse Uniform Photograph Collection features 93 hand-colored photographs of nurses in their national uniforms by the Helene Fuld Health Foundation (an organisation dedicated to the “relief of poverty, suffering, sickness and distress”).

In 1950 the United Nations and World Health Organization were new and hopeful institutions; internationalism was rising. After the terrible war that had just been fought, a new global order seemed to be emerging. The Fuld Foundation surely intended these photographs to contribute to that order, to promote a utopian ideal of global harmony.

The uniform commands respect. You put it on and you become something.

 

Nurse wearing uniform from Egypt

Nurse wearing uniform from Egypt

Nurse wearing uniform from Hong Kong

Nurse wearing uniform from Hong Kong

Nurse wearing uniform from Israel

Nurse wearing uniform from Israel

nurses 1950-17

Nurse wearing uniform from England

Nurse wearing uniform from England

Nurse wearing uniform from Scotland

Nurse wearing uniform from Scotland

Nurse wearing uniform from Zanzibar

Nurse wearing uniform from Zanzibar

nurses 1950-28

Nurse wearing uniform from Jerusalem

Nurse wearing uniform from Jerusalem

Nurse wearing uniform from Northern Ireland]

Nurse wearing uniform from Northern Ireland

nurses 1950-13

Nurse wearing uniform from Morocco

Nurse wearing uniform from Morocco

[Nurse wearing uniform from Colombia]

[Nurse wearing uniform from Colombia

Nurse wearing uniform from Lebanon

Nurse wearing uniform from Lebanon

Nurse wearing uniform from India

Nurse wearing uniform from India

Nurse wearing uniform from Surinam

Nurse wearing uniform from Surinam

Nurse wearing uniform from Germany

Nurse wearing uniform from Germany

Nurse wearing uniform from Cape Colony

Nurse wearing uniform from Cape Colony

Nurse wearing uniform from Sudan

Nurse wearing uniform from Sudan

Nurse wearing uniform from Indonesia

Nurse wearing uniform from Indonesia

Nurse wearing uniform from Luxembourg

Nurse wearing uniform from Luxembourg

Nurse wearing uniform from Denmark

Nurse wearing uniform from Denmark

Nurse wearing uniform from Egypt

Nurse wearing uniform from Egypt

Nurse wearing uniform from Nepal

Nurse wearing uniform from Nepal

Nurse wearing uniform from Sudan

Nurse wearing uniform from Sudan

Nurse wearing uniform from Thailand

Nurse wearing uniform from Thailand

Nurse wearing uniform from France

Nurse wearing uniform from France

Nurse wearing uniform from Peru

Nurse wearing uniform from Peru

Nurse wearing uniform from Tunisia

Nurse wearing uniform from Tunisia

Nurse wearing uniform from Canada

Nurse wearing uniform from Canada

 

Via: National Library of Medicine