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Pictures of nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910

What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? The Royal College of Nursing in London hosts this online talk by historian of nursing Julia Hallam of the University of Liverpool.

She curated ‘Pictures of nursing’, a travelling exhibition and digital resource for the National Library of Medicine, NIH, Washington, DC based on a collection of 2,500 postcards donated to the Library by Michael Zwerdling, a former hospice nurse. The cards date between the late 1890s and the 1980s and depict nurses and nursing from twenty countries worldwide. Hallam’s talk will focus primarily on the years 1890-1910, a period known as the golden age of the postcard, and trace the dominant trends in the public image of nurses and nursing that emerge at this time.

Sign up for this online event on the website of the Royal College of Nursing.