Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps
Sponsor: Sunbrite Cleanser
Started: February 1935
Official Colors: Orange & Blue
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
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 programming.
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.
The program left behind many wonderful things to find and collect!
"Service Button" of the Junior Nurse Corps
Membership Badge of the Junior Nurse Corps
The official Graduate pin was not available until after
November 1, 1936
1936 Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps Manual
1936 Catalog of Junior Nurse Corps Equipment
The whole radio show was only 15 minutes long!
1937 Official Manual of the Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps
1938 Catalog of Official Sunbrite Junior Nurse Corps Equipment and Special Project