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Object Name Uniform
Alternate Name American Red Cross Nurse's Aide Uniform
Date 1940
Description Woman's uniform, worn by a nurse's aide during World War II. Consists of three parts. A: jumper, pale blue cotton, square neckline, back button closure, calf-length skirt gathered into waistband, 2 square pockets on front; round pin attached to front of jumper has embroidered red cross with inscription around: "AMERICAN RED CROSS / VOLUNTEER"; B: white cotton blend blouse, short sleeves, front button closure, 1 breast pocket; fabric label inside neckline: "HOOVER / MFG. & SALES CO. / NEW YORK / SIZE 38"; C: cap, pale blue cotton with white brim; back folds over and is secured with one button; front brim has an embroidered patch with a red cross in a white triangle and blue circle.
(Keywords: Fashion, Twentieth Century, Pinafore, Accessory, Hat, United States, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Margaret Robinson
Ownership and History Worn from 1940-1945 by Margaret Robinson, who volunteered as a nurse's aide at St. Vincent's Hospital on Staten Island during World War II. Ms. Robinson recalled that the original blouse had to be replaced after it was damaged during laundering. (It had become stained with blood and she soaked it in bleach, not realizing that the bleach would cause the fabric to disintegrate.)

Margaret Robinson (1924-2010) graduated from New Dorp High School, Hunter College (in 1945), and earned a master's degree in 1953 from New York University. She worked for AT&T and volunteered for numerous organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Historical Society (Historic Richmond Town). Ms. Robinson was honored as a Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement in 1972.
Earliest Date 1940
Latest Date 1940
Subjects Hospitals
Organizations
Clothing & dress
Health care
World War II
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Robinson, Margaret
Catalog Number 01.011.0001.A-.C
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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