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Nurses: On the World Stage

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From the mid-19th century onwards, western nurses became increasingly influential, introducing middle-class values of respectable femininity alongside modern methods of health care in societies around the world. Learn about the nurses featured on these postcards, in service to different countries around the world. View the postcards as a list.

Postcards from All Countries

Algeria

Belgium

Benin

Burkina Faso

Canada

  • A White female nurse in a blue and white uniform looks at viewer, above the heads of male soldiers.
    A Canadian Red Cross fundraising postcard, ca. 1916

    Fundraising reproduction of a painting of a volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross. Nurses served around the world in first aid posts, military, and civilian hospitals.

    Courtesy National Library of Medicine

China

Democratic Republic of the Congo

France

India

Israel

Italy

Japan

Malawi

Martinique, France

Philippines

Russia

South Africa

State of Palestine

United Kingdom

United States