Nightingale School of Nursing Items II.
The Scrapbook of Miss B Tyler
|Page 7 of the photograph
scrapbook which once belonged to Ms Barbara Tyler. Gina O - (an American correspondent)
- kindly contributed photographs of the original scrapbook. The
book subsequently passed to Keith Haikes an American male nurse
who has maintained contact with SoN. Keith also purchased
Barbara Tyler's badges and other memorabilia from Gina O. On
with the photographs...
Domestic Christmas Dinner 1964 - and is the lady in white,
including the cap, Ada? Without being intentionally facetious,
if that is 'Ada', isn't that a superb name for a ward domestic?
Who could perhaps have been, but for the lottery of life, been
the matron..... Whatever, Barbara Tyler wanted the photograph in
her scrap book...
And certainly there is no
mistaking a Matron when one see's one. Miss Smyth perhaps? Or is
this Miss Tyler herself?
The left-hand photograph
below - I had never seen a ward quite like this one! Hydestle in
The right-hand photo' above shows Sarah Doughty -
'Sister Annie" in 1964 - that amazing cap and is that
uniform standard issue? Certainly the collar, apron and
'Nightingale make for a superb portrait. I wonder if we have
more about the almost polka-dot uniform dress? It would be
good to know,,,,
Above left - on the very next page of the
scrapbook - the ending of an era is announced on 18th May 1966in
a letter from 41 Lothbury EC2 - Tel Monarch 6060. The name
of the author of letter, the ending of which is not shown on the
page, says, in Para 2, " I feel that I would like to send a line
immediately to say how grateful I know the Hospital to be for
the outstanding service'..... An Enigma... The address was once
the London HQ of the National Westminster Bank. Standing
immediately behind The Bank of England It was certainly palatial
certainly. But who wrote the letter? More research could
well reveal. But the next photograph in the scrapbook (Above Rt)
confirmed the end of an era - Barbara Tyler's retirement....
End of an era? Miss Barbara
Tyler certainly took her extremely well earned retirement,
but she quite obviously did not give up her contact with the
hospitals she had served with distinction, as can be
seen in yet more pages of her scrapbook. The book
itself, some memorabilia - including her badges, still
survive, albeit currently in America... More pages next
**We may well be able to find out and
document considerably more about the hospitals involved and some of the
more senior nurses. Whatever every page more of Barbara Tyler's photograph scrapbook
published is adding another grain of knowledge, another piece of nursing history, available to all
who may have an interest. More pages next time...
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