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Welcome to our nineteenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
The second edition this year.
Our current nurse-history - Evelyn Betham - who trained at Oldchurch Hospital, is under current development and the following, that of a male nurse - Tony Sisson - is now firmly on the drawing board. We still have several nurse histories on our list - most of serious interest, but gathering sufficient history has proven excessively difficult in all but a few cases.
Lost in the Mail.
Well there we go - it finally happened to me! An ebay purchase failed to arrive... And yes, I know, I was fully covered by ebay - or if I so chose, PayPal. I chose neither. I didn't want financial recompense, I wanted the purchased items. So here we go again, possibly destined for failure, but our experiences may be valuable to those seeking their own missing items lost in the post. The search is on for:-
The big question now is can we find it...
The envelope is probably worth more than the photographs to a collector of
postal covers, perhaps stamps. Something happened to it after my
purchase - it couldn't just vanish! How many times I wonder, have you heard
or even said, those last four words? However, this being the first item of our post to ever go
missing I am going to try very, very hard to find it. The items are a part
of nursing history. Where are they now I wonder? Where can I start
looking? Well, at the beginning seems a good idea - back to the seller - who
already knows the item is missing and has offered recompense (which I don't
want) - wish me luck...
Member Photograph Galleries.
The galleries are becoming a
small on-line museum and are adding to our knowledge of nursing history quite
nicely, thanks to our contributors. It is available to anyone who cares to
register as a member - a very simple process. All is free...
There were no takers at the staring price of £29.99 - it may still be available - early provenance uncertain.
Welcome to the Forum and Member Galleries -
Collecting... 'Rare' Badges..
During the relatively short life of this website to date, we seem to have covered almost every possible aspect of collecting those magical pieces of our professional history, hospital and nursing badges. But there is one area we have yet to take a closer look at - possibly because it is a difficult one to collect from - that of 'rare' badges. 'Rare' meaning, quite literally, not commonly available. Some badges, of course, are much less commonly available than others and often very expensive to acquire, but there is still a very real possibility that a rare badge, like a rare stamp, will surface at a price most collectors could afford. These badges usually appear in auctions. Being in the business of shifting items quickly, their badge lots often do not command specialist appraisal for the simple reason that specialists to assess the items are themselves a little rare . A good reason to keep looking. More often than not you will find nothing, but when you do the pleasure will be that much more rewarding. Like winning the National Lottery....
So what rarities should we look for - and have I ever found any? More to the point, have I ever found any that I managed to collect? Not an easy question - a rarity does not appear very often! And therein lies the answer -you really do need to know your specialism to be able to recognise what is rare and what is not. And, if you intend to buy, to value an item reasonably accurately. I would suggest that the latter is largely subjective - it depends very largely upon what value any individual puts on it - how badly he or she may want the item, rather than objective criteria. Herein again lies the lottery aspect - a badge may just be worth a fortune both historically and financially and no one realises its availability. Follow an instinct - win the pools!
What is really needed is a rarity table - another article maybe....
So what rarities have I recently acquired? Well here are two for starters:-
It is extremely likely that both
belonged to the same nurse, and of course badge sets are in themselves
relatively rare - often being split in an effort to maximize financial
return. This particular 'set', if indeed that is what it is, would be
extremely rare. Unfortunately at the present time I am unable to identify
the nurse that the PCANS badge was issued to - or to locate the Hampshire
Nursing Institute. It is likely that both originated at the time of the Boer
Wars in South Africa and belonged to a British Nurse. There is much work
left on the history of those two badges, which highlights the one of the
drawbacks of collecting rarities.
Another Photograph from the past...This time
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the
nineteenth Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and
wish you all well.
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