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Nurses: On the Go

What do we see when we look closely?

Examine this postcard sold to raise funds to provide Red Aid International ambulances and medical staff to support the battle against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.
Roll over different areas of the postcard to discover answers to the questions below.

    • Q1Can you identify a nurse in the image?
    • A1For the many women who volunteered to serve, nursing was a political act. They introduced a new model of nursing in Spain, the professional nurse, to replace the nuns.
    • Q2Can you spot a reference to Red Aid International?
    • A2International Red Aid was a welfare organization founded by the Communist International to provide support for workers taken as political prisoners.
    • Q3Can you see what the ambulance looks like inside?
    • A3The modern interior of the ambulance has space for tiered stretchers, a basin with water tap, an emergency medical equipment box, and seat for the nurse attendant.
An ambulance drives next to barbed wire, in the background is a woman wrapped in a cloak.
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A figure of a nurse promotes the ambulance corp during the Spanish Civil War, ca. 1938

    • Q1Can you identify a nurse in the image?
    • A1For the many women who volunteered to serve, nursing was a political act. They introduced a new model of nursing in Spain, the professional nurse, to replace the nuns.
    • Q2Can you spot a reference to Red Aid International?
    • A2International Red Aid was a welfare organization founded by the Communist International to provide support for workers taken as political prisoners.
    • Q3Can you see what the ambulance looks like inside?
    • A3The modern interior of the ambulance has space for tiered stretchers, a basin with water tap, an emergency medical equipment box, and seat for the nurse attendant.
  • 1Can you identify a nurse in the image?
  • 2Can you spot a reference to Red Aid International?
  • 3Can you see what the ambulance looks like inside?