The library at Highland Hospital has released a selection of digital images on the New York Heritage website. Highland Hospital 1940-1949: The School of Nursing during World War II only comprises 22 images with most having names of the people in the picture.
Mostly formal and often posed, these black and white images offer a taste of hospital life during the 40s. It was hospital business as usual, with the addition of new wartime measures. Day-to-day scenes such as a doctor reviewing x-ray films with a Dictaphone, and nurses assisting a patient in an oxygen tent are juxtaposed with the then-familiar sight of an Air Raid Warden’s Post furnished with fire-fighting equipment.