Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Uniform

Most of us detest uniform or rather wearing an uniform to work. Maybe its because we were forced to wear it in our school days and this is a form of protest.
But I am fascinated by the uniforms that are used in different aspects of life. The most common ones are the military uniforms.

How smart Isac Stevens would have looked when he led his men against the enemy.


Or the Indian Army wearing their Khaki uniform which was introduced in India by the British.







The nurses in the Army had their own set of uniforms. It must have been very difficult being in the field hospitals and the rough life, but they are a clan who has decided to take up the life of Florence Nightingale where care and compassion comes naturally to the dedicated ones.

The Finnish nurses in the early 20s had the head gear similar to a nun and with arm bands (above)



The two pics above are from the early forties.
While surfing the net I found some uniforms which may look like nurse’s uniforms but they were not.
For example the one below may look like a group photo of the complete hospital staff, but they are actually the spooling room workers of a Lancaster Plant for spinning which was clicked in 1929. (I appreciate those two guys perched precariously on the sides)


This one (below) looks like a line up for a lighting the lamp ceremony, but they are the elevator operators of the Sterick Building (late thirties)

Then there was the Carry on Doctor series which was ....ummm... some say funny, but I found them under the category “forced humor”
As time progressed these uniforms kept changing based on the needs of the time.

The latest ones are more comfortable, easy to wear, and colourful too. And why not? Nothing like cheering up the patients, like the ones that you can see here on this site for Nursing Scrubs.
The best I liked in this was White notched collar top. So cool and convenient to move around.

17 comments:

Jeannette said...

Young people wear uniforms of their own devising oft times...Maybe you can find a picture of jeans slung low with elastic boxers showing and....well you get the idea.
Your surfing and documenting the ride makes a fun post. Some of the old pictures are truly classic.

Lazy Pineapple said...

the photographs are wonderful...you have researched a lot for this post :)

I believe uniforms are mainly to bring uniformity as the name suggests...to remove the distinction between rich and poor.

Our school uniforms were for that, so that a child from a poor family did not stand out because of his/her clothes. I always thought it was good way to bring harmony.

Lyn said...

I always envied the Catholic shcool girls with their crisp maroom coloured jumpers and white blouses underneath. I felt like they belonged to a really cool club. We protestants wore whatever hand me downs that were tossed our way - often from a distant cousin far larger than ourselves! : )

Uniforms have their place!

*Harman* said...

I studied in girls convent and we had tunics with belts with white crip shirts underneath....uniform creates a discipline and evens out everyone!,,
I like US cops uniform here..it suits them so well...

The Holy Lama said...

Another different post from you. The schools in India go overboard in designing unique uniforms. They mix, east and west , add all colours possible and have something that beats the idea of uniforms. Like Boys with baggy grey vest on pale grey shirt with pale blue stripes and with a navyblue tie and navy blue trousers.

Neha said...

Good post! Personally though, I don't like uniforms :)

Shalini said...

Ah-ah, I still dont like uniforms...

Ramesh Sood said...

Its very informative.. but yes, in school I like uniform whereas now I don't..

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting subject--uniforms. I wore them as a school girl but didn't like wearing one at work. I guess I wanted to be an individual not a clone. I am glad hospital uniforms can be so colorful now. Mb

BTW: I see you visitied one of my old blogs--thanks. MB

Small City Scenes said...

Oh BTW again: I love the owl story and pictures and you have a wonderful blog. MB

radha said...

Interesting. I guess a uniform for certain professions are required for their identity. And a certain sense of discipline, just like we had to wear one to school. But see how it changes - for example - the dress code for tennis?

Anjuli said...

What a fascinating entry! I know what you mean about the aversion to uniforms because we had to wear them in school days. It is interesting to see how just donning a uniform can make a group of people feel as though they are tied together. I know my daughter just went to get her nurse's uniform- and I saw the moment she put it on- she felt like "Okay, now I'm a nurse" ;)

P.N. Subramanian said...

Very informative. Incidentally Khaki was first made at Mangalore.

Anonymous said...

So very informative, I hated wearing my school uniform, but enjoyed wearing one for work because it saved me money with not having to buy clothes for work.
DebbieDee

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This is truth I hate uniforms because Ì was forced to wearing them when I was in the high school it was really annoying, but my favorite uniforms have been military uniforms because it represents our nation.

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In my Idea, Uniforms are wear because it distinguishes you from who, whom, what, where and when you are....

QueriesonFoodsandHealth said...

"As time progressed these uniforms kept changing based on the needs of the time."

Indeed, uniforms like time is dynamic, and like human beings are also adapting to the changing generations of workers. This is a great glimpse on how those things that we adore today will be eventually gone tomorrow. :)

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