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Take a Look at a Surprisingly Charming WWI Nurse’s Scrapbook From 1918

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a nurse during WWI, then this historical book will make your day. From the sensitive treatment of the fallen soldiers and nurses to the frantic eagerness to join the war effort, this piece of WWI tells the story of friendship and war at the same time. The scrapbook was donated anonymously in 1980 to the New York Public Library- who has in turn made it available to the public. This wonderful arrangement of photos and personal anecdotes is a real gem. For anyone who holds historical memorabilia dear, we’ve got a treat in store for you! Have a look at this detailed scrapbook with us below.

What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

Detail from collage above showing WWI surgical dress. Via/ NYPL

What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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From the first entry: “April 6, 1918: Signed oath and proceeded to Camp Upton, Yaphank, Long Island, N.Y., and reported to Base Hospital for temporary duty. At various cantonments all over the country nurses were instructed in the army rules and regulations also the routine of paper work so important in army hospitals. Many base hospital units were represented, in our little group in barrack D1 were nurses from Oregon #46, Kentucky #40, Chicago #14 Chicago #11 Boston City #7 Mass. Homeopathic #44.” Some things never change, nurses are still inundated with paper work!

What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

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What Was It Like to Be a WWI Nurse?

Detail from above collage. Via/ NYPL

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