Vintage nurse cap from the 1960's. Stiff white with the tiny back button. 3 1/2 inches high with a circumference of 19 inches. It was found in the original clear plastic carrying case.
As for the condition, it is not the original bright white but no spotting or holes. The clear case is very soiled. I did clean it but it retained some spotting. The zipper does work.
Label is Kay's Caps,Inc. Green Island N.Y. 12183. Hat is stamped 2247.
Kay's Caps, Inc. was created in 1948 by a woman named Minna Kay, as a small business in the Troy, New York, area and grew into a corporation with worldwide recognition as the premier manufacturer of "perma-starch" nurses' caps. Because of the finishing process used, it became possible to produce a cap that required no starch, yet had the appearance and texture of a starched one. Nurses' uniforms at that time included the wearing of caps, and many schools and hospitals turned to Kay's for the manufacture of their traditional styles using the new process. Many institutions wanted their own custom designed caps to be used exclusively by their graduates. Graduation for the nurse culminated with the "pinning and capping ceremony."
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