Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

March 21, 2021 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Central London Sick Asylum c1900

Someone was kind enough to share this picture with me after posting, Central London Sick Asylum c1900 which I bought at a postcards fair,

the Dr and Matron are in both, the person sharing said a relative worked there in the early 1900’s,

it’s always good to be able to add some context to social history postcards that often don’t even have an individual’s name noted.



September 6, 2020 Posted by | Deltiology, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bellevue Hospital, NYC – operating theatre – 1900

February 23, 2020 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Catch anything?

After seeing this on The Müscleheaded Blog I couldn’t resist reposting it, several years ago, after being a “lithographic camera operator” I started my nurse training and one of the placements was at a GU (clap) Clinic at one of the larger hospitals, I had a great time there and meet some interesting people but I thought that this wouldn’t have looked out of place on their wall 😮



January 11, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Rosenhan Experiment

Wringer Ddlg DL

January 24, 2018 Posted by | Risqué, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas in Hospital – The Graphic – 23rd December 1916

December 24, 2017 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WW 1 injured soldiers in hospital uniform

This card originally came to my attention through the generic “maid” search on ebay but on closer inspection it holds much more of an insight into the soldiers injured during the First World War, I think that the soldiers may have been invited to afternoon tea with a local “lady.” My thanks to St. George’s Library Blog for the information below about the “convalescent blues” worn by the recovering soldiers.

Soldiers recovering in Britain were required to wear a loose blue uniform, known as the ‘convalescent blues’. The reasons for this were partially practical. Uniforms from the front were worn, tatty, full of lice and had to be disinfected or replaced. A hospital uniform was the cheap utilitarian answer. However it also had a psychological role, that of reinforcing a sense of institutionalisation and discipline. Moreover there was also an undeniable propaganda purpose in forcing convalescents to wear the ‘blues’. It marked them out as heroic ‘Tommies’ whilst highlighting that they were being cared for by the government; reassuring for those whose family members remained at the front.

The patients themselves had mixed feelings about them. To start with officers were exempted; they received an armband and an allowance to help them buy new clothes. Everyone else had to wear the outfit at all times and some found it undignified whilst others felt that it took away their individuality. Produced in one size only, they were often ill-fitting and some complained that the uniforms resembled pyjamas. There were advantages to wearing the uniform however, the attention could be positive and there was no risk of being presented with the dreaded white feather for cowardice. The injured soldier also gave the public at home the opportunity to be charitable and help the war effort. They would often be given free entrance to theatres or gifts by grateful citizens.

Patients and the First World War

July 9, 2017 Posted by | Deltiology, Maid, Maids, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rules of the Hospital

Rules of the Hospital

September 2, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment




June 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

No escape

No escape

Wringer DDDL

June 11, 2016 Posted by | Risqué, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment