Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps

 

      The Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps was a movement sponsored by Sunbrite Cleanser and promoted through the radio program Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps. First launched in February 1936 it ran 3x a week for over 2 years, generally around 5pm - for 15 minutes. The host of the program was the "National President" of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps Dorothy Hart, played by the young actress Lucy Gilman. Helena Ray played her trusty Aunt Jane.

     Prior to the launch of the program and during its run, mothers were assured that the programming was safe, suitable and beneficial for its audience. Famed child guidance leader Angelo Patri supervised each script. Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and "Sa-ca-ja-wea, Indian Princess" were part of the programing.

     After pledging themselves to the aims of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps, girls could save Sunbrite (and later Quick Arrow Soap Flake) labels and "buy" the official Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps uniform that National President Dorothy Hart always appeared in, and other items such as the official ring, toothbrush, hairbrush, first aid kit and more.

    Girls were encouraged to learn First Aid, form groups of Junior Nurse Corps - and encourage their moms to buy Sunbrite Cleanser.

"Service Button" of the Junior Nurse Corps

 




Even while announcing the debut of Junior Nurse Corps, they were reassuring parents that the program was safe.




15 minutes - that's all the show lasted.

 

 

There were yearly catalogs of Junior Nurse Corps items, as well as a Junior Nurse Corps Manuals:

1936 The Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps Manual

1936 Catalog of Junior Nurse Corps Equipment

1937 Official Manual of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps

1938  Catalog of Official Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps Equipment and Special Prizes

 

The Official Pledge of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps:

  • As Junior Nurses, we pledge ourselves to fight dirt and disease

  • to keep ourselves physically and mentally clean

  • to practice and teach household hygiene

  • to be careful and play safely

  • to help those in need and distress

  • to be brave in time of danger

  • and loyal to those we love.

 

Membership Badges of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps:


Membership Badge of the Junior Nurse Corps

The official Graduate pin was not available until after
 November 1, 1936


 

Catalog items for the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps:
























































First Aid Kit may have also come in a cardboard box kit









 

The Official Colors of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps - Orange and Blue

Certificate of membership in the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps

Junior Nurse Corps became a reality!