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Dionne Quintuplets The Great Depression did not produce many happy stories, but the birth of the Dionne quintuplets near remote Callander, Ontario, Canada in 1934 was at least outwardly a feel-good news item of the decade. Five identical girls were born to Elzire Dionne on May 28, 1934. They were attended to by a country doctor, Roy Allan Dafoe. Never before had quintuplets survived infancy. The story turned sour when the quints were made wards of the Ontario government because of the financial straits of the Dionne family and other concerns. The provincial government built Quintland, a tourist attraction where the girls were put on public display for the numerous visitors who travelled the Trans-Canada Highway to northern Ontario to see them. Quintland served as a home for the girls who were cared for by nurses, as well as a museum and viewing area for the tourists. Eventually some three million tourists came to Quintland--as many as 6,000 each day at its peak. (There was no admission charge to see the quints, but the region reaped millions of dollars in revenues from hotels, restaurants, etc.) At one point, the quints were Canada's top tourist attraction, surpassing Niagara Falls. The quints were isolated from the outside world and even from their parents and other siblings. The Dionne parents staged years of legal challenges to regain custody of their estranged daughters. They finally succeeded in 1943. The three surviving quints were awarded a large cash settlement in the late 1990s by the Ontario government. Only two of the girls survive today.
Tags: Dionne  quintuplets 
Added: 4th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Real 50s Woman for Teresa This was taken on our first vacation to Miami Beach in 1955. If she knew I was posting this I'd be dead! My mom was so typical of the 50's mother and wife, she worked over 40 hours a week, took care of our dad, cooked meals from scratch, cleaned a home and raised two daughters. She also paid all the bills, nursed everyone through their illnesses and made sure her own mother was taken care of. She's a tough cookie and still here at 90, taking care of her home, nursing all of us, and still making the best chicken soup and pasta in the world!
Tags: the  50s  woman  could  do  it  all 
Added: 14th April 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Night Nurses Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in Night Nurse (1931) . . . . "What are we going to tell the police?" "What do you mean, 'we'?"
Tags: Barbara  Stanwyck      Joan  Blondell      Night  Nurse 
Added: 29th June 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Still Lookin Good Alfred Eisenstaedt of LIFE took the photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse at the Times Square celebration on August 15, 1945, at the end of World War II. The photograph was one of many Eisenstaedt took that day, and he didnít bother getting the names of anyone. Only after seeing the proofs did he realize that he had captured a decisive moment. On the 50th anniversary of the photograph, the couple was identified as Edith Shain and Carl Muscarello. . .
Tags: Carl  Muscarello      Edith  Shain      Alfred  Eisenstaedt 
Added: 9th October 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Biophone used in Emergency TV show The Biophone was a radio system seen in the TV series Emergency! The Biophone was used by field paramedics, usually firefighters or ambulance attendants. The phone was capable of broadcasting voice and EKGs to a base unit, usually a hospital so they could speak to doctors supervising them but I always preferred it when the nurse played by Julie London answered and handled the call. The biophone on the right is the same one used in the TV show and is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
Tags: Biophone  Emergency!  TV  show  Smithsonian  Museum  Washington  DC  handheld  phone  EKG 
Added: 28th January 2014
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Posted By: Cliffy
Curious Death of President Harding 1923 On the evening of August 2, 1923, Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States, died suddenly in a room at the Palace Hotel in San Francsico. He was 57 years old. Harding was in the midst of a west coast trip, but he had taken ill as his train rolled through Seattle. Almost immediately, the rumors surrounding his passing began. There was no official cause of Harding's death. Some sources claim it was a fatal case of food poisoning; others claim it was a heart attack or a stroke. Despite his wife and his nurses being frequently in and out of the room, the time of Harding's death could not be pinned down any more specifically than between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Florence Harding had her husband's body embalmed and ready for a funeral train back to Washington within an hour of the president's death, thus no autopsy could be performed. (California had no mandatory autopsy laws at the time.) Although Harding was a perfect candidate for poor health--he was a heavy smoker and drinker, plagued by stress, who rarely exercised--there are those who think Mrs. Harding had something to do with her husband's demise. According to the conspiracy theorists, Mrs. Harding either wanted to spare Warrren G. the shame of the scandals about his administration that were soon to surface--or she took revenge over her hubby's numerous extra-marital trysts. Those who don't think anything was amiss point to Harding's declining health at the hands of a quack homeopathic physician and Harding's generally poor living habits. Maybe Harding himself sensed the end was near: Before leaving for the west coast, Harding had written a new will. He had also curiously sold the Marion (OH) Star, his hometown newspaper, which he had bought with the intent of running it after he retired from politics.
Tags: Warren  Harding  death  scandal 
Added: 25th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sailor in iconic photo passes at age 86 Glenn Edward McDuffie-He's the sailor in Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic Life magazine photo grabbing and kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square after finding out World War II was over. McDuffie died on March 9, but news of his death was reported Friday. He was positively identified as the sailor in the photo in 2007 after many men claimed it was them. According to his obituary, McDuffie joined the Navy in 1942 when he was 15 years old. The obituary said he found a friend to forge his mother's signature, saying he was old enough to serve. On August 14, 1945, McDuffie was part of Eisenstaedt's legendary photo.
Tags: Glenn  Edward  McDuffie  Life  Magazine  World  War  II  nurse  kissing  Times  Square  Navy  US  Navy  sailor    Alfred  Eisenstaedt       
Added: 15th March 2014
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Posted By: pfc
Nurse Here is the opening sequence for the 1980's TV series Nurse.
Tags: Nurse   
Added: 9th August 2009
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Posted By: EONSFTFAN
Kathleen Freeman Kathleen Freeman was born February 17, 1919 and was acting on stage by the age of two with her dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. Although she had an extensive movie career including voice over work for the movie Sherk she was most well know for her roles on TV as she portrayed as maids, secretaries, busybodies, nurses, and zany neighbor. She died of lung cancer on August 23, 200 at the age 82.
Tags: Kathleen  Freeman  vaudeville  act  dancing  movie  star  tv  star 
Added: 15th April 2014
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Posted By: Old Fart
Gunilla Hutton-Nat King Cole Romance Gunilla Hutton was the Swedish singer/dancer who was the second actress to play eldest sister Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction. She was also a regular on Hee Haw for many years; her character was appropriately named Nurse Goodbody. Less well known is Hutton's involvement with Nat King Cole. At age 20, she began a romantic tryst with the legendary singer, who was 47, while she toured with his show. Had the public learned about it at the time (1964), the interracial affair and their age difference would have been a major scandal. Still, Cole was prepared to divorce Maria, his wife of 21 years, but ill health entered the equation. Cole was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Knowing he had only a short time to live, Cole opted to stay with his wife instead of Hutton.
Tags: Gunilla  Hutton  Nat  King  Cole  affair 
Added: 12th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964

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