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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Series 1 was donated by William Helfand. It contains postcards arranged by location of publication. Most of them relate to World War I.
With two exceptions, the rest of the collection is of unknown provenance. Series 2 contains images of nurses from the early to mid 20th century, including two advertising postcards.
Series 3 is postcards that depict buildings: hospitals, nurses homes, and other physical locations.
Series 4 contains two sets of 6 postcards each, both titled "In Praise of Nurses."
Series 5 contains cartoon postcards. The first subseries consists of 3 WWII-era drawings of nurse-soldier romances. The next two subseries consist almost entirely of bawdy images, featuring nurses as the objects of sexual attention.
With the exception of Series 1, the majority of the postcards have no provenance. Most of them were likely also donated by William H. Helfand.
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This collection is unrestricted.
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In 'Flowers' red card box
All Bamforth & Co. cards were published in the U.K. They are undated, but the majority are probably from the 1950s-1970s.