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This Red Cross “invalid cup” was used to nurse a young Saskatchewan woman Adelaide McDougall back to health during the 1918 pandemic. The drinking cup is white porcelain with gold trim, used by people who were bed ridden. It is a round bowl with slightly concave sides and has a curved loop handle on the side. Half of the top is covered and has the widely recognized red cross painted on it. Dr. William Percy Johns, one of Saskatchewan’s early rural doctors, was Adelaide’s attending physician in Viscount. Agnes Horan, a nurse from St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon went to Viscount to nurse Adelaide who recovered. Adelaide lived to the age of 87 and kept this cup her whole life. WDM-1973-S-4663

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