We have so many intriguing, illuminating artifacts in our collections, but there is a special place reserved in my vintage-loving heart for textiles. We recently had occasion to photograph several of our favorite nurse uniforms, including this incredible blue wool c. 1940s University of Oregon School of Nursing cape from the School of Nursing Archives collection. When we pulled the piece out for its fashion photography shoot debut, I was first struck by its excellent condition and sensory appeal: The smooth blue wool, the soft crimson lining, and the sturdy, simple closures all complement one another and make quite an impression on the handler.
|Clean, elegant lines in this School of Nursing cape|
|Ta-da! This lining is in great shape and makes quite a sartorial smash, wouldn't you say?|
|Collar detail: "U.O. S.N." stands for University of Oregon School of Nursing|
You can imagine my delight when I spotted these very similar capes in an illustration from an Oregon State Board of Higher Education leaflet form 1948! Even better, the image depicts School of Nursing students reading fireside in a lounge in the Old Library, where the cape is currently on display our History of Medicine room! (More information about this illustration is available in OHSU Digital Collections)
|Students in School of Nursing uniforms, Oregon State Board of Higher Education leaflet illustration, 1948|
It may be #tbt but #vintage student uniforms can be so stylish, like this @OHSUNursing cape, as feat. in 1948 flyer! pic.twitter.com/6I0IEsEuxmHave more questions about the SON cape, or want to see more artifacts like this? Email or tweet us! firstname.lastname@example.org | @OHSUHistColl
— OHSUHistCollections (@OHSUHistColl) March 12, 2015