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Welcome to our
Thirty-fourth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our third edition for 2014.
New Nursing badges public gallery opening at schoolsofnursing.co.uk...
When our website was first envisaged one of our esteemed members suggested that our photograph galleries could be public. A little like flicker I suppose. The problem was one of security. Leaving the original galleries open to all meant just that. Not on option. But now we are well into making all our galleries public and secure, thanks to the benevolence of several members who have given permission for the use of their uploaded photographs. We already have several hundred photographs and available technical details prepared for our first public gallery. An enormous task with many hours of work involved. We still have over 3000 badges to process, but we might have some online by Christmas. It may take a long time, but it will be done. Watch this space!!
And another two new articles from Sarah Rogers. The first an outstanding Nurse Badge set and Personal History - Eleanor Mason, nee Jasper, 1875-1938. The second, the history and superb badges of Helen Waddell 1878-1949. Both are very well worth reading and great contributions to the history of the nursing profession.
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 8.
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 8 is
Member Photograph Galleries.
We are already at 4205 - 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 whilst on holiday - Red Cross Badges!...
Yes, I know, I said 'holiday' and I was enjoying ever minute. But if there ever was such a thing as a 'badgeman's holiday' - (rather like a busman's holiday - but with badges and not buses) at least a part was going to be about badges! Buying them that is. But on this occasion for someone else. Schoolsofnursing member Barry Sutton. Greek Red Cross badges. A collectors challenge - now where in Greece will I find?... Well, almost every collector of Greek items (including Lord Elgin apparently) knows where to find old Greek anything. Athens. The famous flea market at Athens Plaka! Just don't ask for marbles. Antiques/antiquities yes, but marbles no, very definitely, no....
And here we were. Everything was old. Some of it very old. Some of it had obviously been 'aged'. Some of it just old junk. Some things brand new. Some had obviously been 'found'... All of it was mixed in this large untidy flea market. The ancient; the 'old'; the 'aged'; the 'found'; the new... Telephones, coins, musical and scientific instruments, electricals, medical equipment, cameras, furniture - antique (and not so antique), oil paintings, bank notes, books, stamps, telephone cards, et al. Name it, it's there somewhere in this myriad of a bric-a-brac and surrounding side streets... Finding something specific it is quite another matter...
The Athens flea market finds.
A quiet side street. A store with old books and old records; a glass display case at the back containing some obviously rarer (more expensive) items . There, amongst badge and medals were two badges with Red Cross emblems and Greek symbols and lettering. Red Cross badges/medals. Bingo!
The first was officer issue, about 1942 - 1948, nice ribbon with a lieutenants single star, no bar. Silver. No hallmark. Superb uncleaned condition. A very nice collector item. Identified and listed in a (Greek) catalogue.
The second medal (below) was also in fine uncleaned condition - with a nice bottom suspension bar and ribbon, but again no top bar. Quite possibly there had never been a top bar on either of these items. This latter was 1965 issue and contained much more detail than the first, including silver hallmarks. Again very nice and much, much better than the photographs!
But a word of caution - negotiating prices with Greeks in an Athens flea market is not for the inexperienced - there are no gifts (financially) in Greece. No 'Greeks bearing gifts'... But there are some nice rare/rarer items if you collect Military and/or international badges and know what you are about. We took both, and delivered them safely to Barry in Wales.....
But then, we had been there before! A year or so earlier... A different seller offered a better (the medals above were there then) deal on that occasion so the negotiating was not so difficult, though personally I did like the first medal above. Below - very genuine 1940 - 1941. Double pin hanging (Not shown)...
I don't really know how easy it
is to find these items in Greece generally - but having dealt with dealers in Plaka before, I can safely say that either a few is too many because they
don't sell, or they are quite rare which is why they don't get many! I can
also say that the deals were fair, not especially cheap, but then not
especially expensive either! To a collector of Red Cross items in the UK I
would say that all were bargains.... It had been a very good experience,
very worthwhile. Our serious thanks to 'barrysutton'.
*Sincere thanks to SoN member
'backman' for the photographs used...
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