Aug 18, 2013

A Nurse Named Joe

We uncovered this photograph the other day, buried in a pile of other all-but forgotten images from the past. Her gaze grabbed us and wouldn't let go. The photo conveys such a soft, dreamy, romantic feel. Isn't she beautiful? 

The photograph isn't identified, so we don't know too much about her. But the photo does give us a few clues. Her signature at the bottom of the photograph tells us that her nickname was "Joe". She signed it "with love," perhaps sending the image to her sweetheart, or maybe to a family member. Note that she uses the letter "c" with a line over it -- commonly-used medical shorthand for the word "with" -- which makes perfect sense, given that she is wearing a white nurse's uniform.

We don't know where she sent the photo, but the recipient appears to have put the photograph in a frame -- if you look closely, you can see fading around the edges where a frame would have been.

Joe's hair looks like it is cut short in a bob. It is styled in lovely finger waves that cling close to her head, framing her face. This fashion was quite common in the 1920s and 1930s, and the photo probably dates to that era.


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