Pictures of nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910

Date / time
Date(s) - 11 February
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? Join historian Julia Hallam to find out more.

Pictures of Nursing is a travelling exhibition and digital resource curated by Julia Hallam (historian of nursing at the University of Liverpool) for the National Library of Medicine, NIH, Washington, DC based on a collection of 2,500 postcards donated to the Library by Michael Zwerdling, a former hospice nurse. The cards date between the late 1890s and the 1980s and depict nurses and nursing from twenty countries worldwide. Hallam’s talk will focus primarily on the years 1890 – 1910, a period known as the golden age of the postcard, and trace the dominant trends in the public image of nurses and nursing that emerge at this time.

Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually at: