Pictures of Nursing

April 14, 2023

A traveling art exhibition showcasing nurses through postcards will be displayed at the Washington State Nurses Convention May 17-19, 2023, courtesy of the Rainer Olympic Nurses Association.

The exhibit, Pictures of Nursing, is part of an archive of 2,588 postcards from American nurse and collector Michael Zwerdling, RN. The archive was acquired by the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

The archive consists of postcards with images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, produced between 1893 and 2011 with many examples coming from the ‘Golden Age’ of postcards—roughly 1907 to 1920. Pictures of Nursing provides a way to understand the types of images that are represented in the collection.

The exhibit will include six displays around 7 feet by 3 feet.

For more about the exhibition, visit the National Library of Medicine website.