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September 28, 2013

Nurses Take a Break, ca. 1970s

As caretakers of children, family and community, it was natural that women were the nurses, the caregivers, as human society evolved.

Nursing may be the oldest known profession, as some nurses were paid for their services from the beginning. This was especially true of wet nurses, who nursed a baby when the mother died or could not nurse her child. A woman whose infant did not survive birth, or who was ready to wean her child, or who was capable of nursing more than one baby, would accept employment as a wet nurse, usually going to live in the home of her employer.

These found vintage snapshots capture some nurses take a break circa the 1970s:

















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