June 6, 2013

Free Clipart: 1960s Nurses, Doctors, and Retro Get-Well Graphics

It's a real bummer to be starting summer vacation with the wheezes, sneezes and aches of a nasty cold, but I'm assured a swift recovery thanks to my loving and nurturing little "staff" here at home who are keeping me well supplied with hot tea, warm blankets and plenty of tissues.

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To pay the healing vibe forward, I'm sharing  this sweet little collection of retro graphics featuring nurses, hospital staff, and mid-century style.  They're from the 1962 book  The Hospital  by Mable Pyne, which never fails to put a smile on my face.

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I think these images would be perfectly adorable on a get-well-soon card or on a tea towel for a friend graduating from nursing school.  What would you make with them?

This is my favorite image of all -- a historical piece that shows the different styles of nurses' caps from different hospitals around the country during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Here are some of the hospital staff in their candy stripes and smart uniforms:
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And here are some other nifty ladies: 

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These two images are a bit odd, but definitely add to the retro charm of the book:

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  1. Sorry you're under the weather but delighted for the illustrations! My sis-out-law is getting her degree in nursing next week almost 40 years since becoming an RN through a hospital and I'm making her a mini-album. I loved the nursing hats and the pink and white striped Candy-Striper illustrations! I was signed up to be one in high school - they were organized hospital volunteers. The problem was that nursing was my mother's dream - NEVER mine. I got sick from nerves so that ended before it began. :)

  2. What fantastic graphics. Thanks for sharing. Get better soon.

  3. These are wonderful, so glad you shared these with us.

  4. Hope you are feeling better soon :) Thank you for sharing these awesome graphics which bring back so many memories of the past.


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