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Nurses: On the Job

What do we see when we look closely?

Examine this early 20th-century Red Cross publicity card that aimed to tempt nurses to serve their country by offering new opportunities in various roles worldwide.
Roll over different areas of the postcard to discover answers to the questions below.

    • Q1Can you see what the nurse is pointing at?
    • A1From a hilltop overlooking the city the Red Cross nurse points to the sky, implying a working life lived above and beyond mere worldly concerns.
    • Q2Can you identify who the nurse is aiming to recruit?
    • A2The lacrosse stick lying beside the schoolgirl is indicative of her well-educated, respectable status and relatively wealthy middle-class background.
    • Q3Can you find an industrial area?
    • A3The overcrowded living conditions in large industrial cities create new opportunities for nurses to establish public health care programs.
A White female nurse, stands with young White woman and points into distance.
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A Red Cross recruiting postcard, ca. 1918

    • Q1Can you see what the nurse is pointing at?
    • A1From a hilltop overlooking the city the Red Cross nurse points to the sky, implying a working life lived above and beyond mere worldly concerns.
    • Q2Can you identify who the nurse is aiming to recruit?
    • A2The lacrosse stick lying beside the schoolgirl is indicative of her well-educated, respectable status and relatively wealthy middle-class background.
    • Q3Can you find an industrial area?
    • A3The overcrowded living conditions in large industrial cities create new opportunities for nurses to establish public health care programs.
  • 1Can you see what the nurse is pointing at?
  • 2Can you identify who the nurse is aiming to recruit?
  • 3Can you find an industrial area?