So, without further ado, I'm going to upload a few scans from the picture collection's wonderful treasure trove of images of nurses, starting with a historical potpourri:
|13th Century Nursing Sister|
|16th Century nurse, pictured in a 1959-60 Abbott Labs publication|
|1910 graduating class of African American nurses|
|Gibson girl nurse from the early 1900s|
|1950s nursing uniforms|
|1960s nursing uniforms|
|1981 nurse on strike|
Some of my favorite images of nurses are from the covers of romance novels:
Once I started traveling, I wanted to go further afield, and a few images from Nigeria caught my eye.
|Despite the objectifying gaze of this 1938 photo, the strength and beauty of its subject are palpable.|
|1938 image of bird hunter|
|The Oni of Ife, 1959|
|1996 celebration of Kwaghir by the Tiv in Gboko|
|2007 Photo by Pieter Hugo of A Hyena Master|
These photos made me want to find out more about Calabar, a city in South-Eastern Nigeria, which has been a center for trade since at least the 16th century. I also wanted to learn more about the Tiv, who celebrate Kwaghir with traditional puppet shows and storytelling in their capital, Gboko, which is in North Central Nigeria. A long time ago, my dad had mentioned The Oni of Ife to me, he is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Yoruba people and the current Oni, who prefers the spelling Ooni, has his own site.
How will Nurses, Nigeria, Niagara, Newstands and Noise come together? Tune in soon for a few ideas.