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Welcome to our
Thirty-third news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our second edition for 2014.
New Nursing badge/epemera site...
Our site is still moving forward, although much of the work goes on off-line in the background, for example software updates. But perhaps the most exciting news is that we are now preparing something that one of our members ('eric') proposed when we first put the site on-line - that all of our gallery photographs be open to the public! Security (which remains in place) dictates that separate, non-up-loadable galleries needed to be created in order to achieve that. We are already well on the way, with the kind permission members of our private galleries who have contributed their photographs, which of course remain their property. But public accessibility will become a reality. Now just a few short months away. Patience is a requirement - we have over 4,421 photographs to process, starting with our nursing badges (3,784 and climbing). Each needs 10 basic operations to ready for publication - over 37,000 oprations on the nursing badges alone!! We are at 33% right now....
And another three new articles from Sarah Rogers. Saving up for a rainy day - Sarah now being extremely busy with her University course we kept a few articles in the cupboard! Muriel Mary Williams - Birmingham Children's Hospital; St Bartholomew's Hospital; Queen Elizabeth United Hospital Birmingham; Mary Richard - Mildmay Mission Hospital, Shoreditch; and 'A tale of three Nightingales' - (Catherine Ethel McMinn Graham; Mary Mildred Pickering; and Victoria Watson -Taylor).
All very well worth a read... Early birds may well have already seen the links on the notice board, but if not, the links are above.
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 5.
The scrapbook photographs are presented
exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages
in a pseudo-reproduction -
leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail
that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the
scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. As with
any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms
Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are
part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the
scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially
this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... PART 6 is
Member Photograph Galleries.
We are already at 4421 - 4500 seems a
definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we
will see another magic number very shortly, thanks to our many contributors.
We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...
Collecting... And a little more serious magic!...
So there I was wondering just what direction fate would take me in my bid to acquire a reasonably relevant (to my own existing collection) addition to my badge collecting when sure enough fate did intervene and took me to Peter Maleczek's new nursing collectables website. And there it was. The next step.....
The Prince of Wales's General Hospital Badge.
Last month in this column I reported purchasing what I regard as a very special nurses-cape badge. 'E. Agnes Pavey. The Prince of Wales's General Hospital. April 1914'. No makers name. Military pin fitting. Material uncertain, but it appeared to be a base metal. Enameled.... This month the crown and three feathers of that hospital caught my attention yet again. Thomas Fattorini; Silver; Circular face side having the hospital name around the upper two thirds highlighted by blue enameling. A central red enameled cross around and the crown and three white feathers - highlighted by the silver. The badge itself crowned by the Lamp of Nursing. A curved, blue enameled silver highlighted foundation year stands below. Fixated! Totally. I was still in last month's Plymouth!
For me this was nothing new. A badge fixation that is. I have never been to Plymouth. But started collecting Plymouth badges after mixing it up with an article I did here on SoN about a Portsmouth nurse, Sister Marjory Early! (Link). Well, Plymouth and Portsmouth do have a lot in common (!), including some very nice badges, especially the earlier ones. The rear of this badge is plain silver inscribed with the name of the original recipient; a number (288); the name 'Greenbank Road' in raised relief, and the die-stamped maker name and hallmarks - nice...
On to Plymouth City hospital. Easy-peasy!
No 'ebay' needed this time and a real bargain. Two for what I regards as the
price of one! I haven't given up 'ebaying', but I am distracted by the
excellent badges definite prices on sales sites. These two Plymouth City
Hospital badges are good examples.
Superb condition; Silver: Suspension
bars - each with 'The City Hospital' in raised relief on the bars and colour
coded ribbons from which the badges - more accurately described perhaps as
medals - are attached. But the real plus for me is the beautifully cast face
sides, superbly intricate productions of 'The City of Plymouth' and coat of
arms. Apart from the ribbons, the face sides are identical. But each is
inscribed with the name and date of the recipient. And just a little magic
- place your cursor over either/both to see the reverse sides below....
*Sincere thanks to SoN members
'backman' & 'myk1066' for the photographs used...
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