Today’s photo is also from the gigantic box and features nurse Louise or Laurie Doyle, RN in 1966. The note on the back of the photo also says Hillside Hospital. The photo is a wallet size, matte finish with that bumpy “school photograph” texture. I remember when my cousin got her nursing degree in the 1980s she also got the cap, but was only photographed in it for her graduation photo. Nurses caps had fallen out of favor and fashion by that point.
Originally the nurse cap was designed to keep the hair in place and present a modest appearance, as well as to quickly identify the nurses in a large group of people. Florence Nightingale, who was the pioneer female nurse in the 1800s, originated the cap at her school of nursing in London. Click through the link to a wiki article about the fascinating woman who gave us the nursing profession we know today.