The mid-20th century saw many a little girl spending happy hours imagining a life dedicated to serving others through the field of nursing care. A plethora of dolls were created to bolster these ambitions and promote the rapidly evolving standard of training for professional nurses.
Most companies making dolls and other toys included products aimed at playing Nurse. These included Madame Alexander, Ideal, American Character, Vogue Dolls, Effanbee, Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, Mary Hoyer, Mattel, the list goes on and on. Although the era was a time of progressive attitudes there was still a lingering idea that nursing was one of the acceptable career paths for women. Which makes it seem ironic that just one century before, nursing was considered an unacceptable occupation for a woman of good breeding. <Click to continue>