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Muggins in Sussex
14-02-08, 21:05
Another of my impossible questions, I think! But I am trying to identify someone in a 1948 photo - she is exceptionally short.

I presume that any medical records which might record her height would not be "open" (?)

Christine in Herts
14-02-08, 21:21
I'd have thought you'd be lucky to find medical records open that soon. Or even school records?

Christine

Olde Crone Holden
14-02-08, 21:21
No, her records won't be open, but depending on how long ago she died, you might be able to wheedle the information about her height from them. If her height was ever recorded, that is.

OC

Christine in Herts
14-02-08, 21:23
Is OC implies, it's less likely that height would be regarded as enormously sensitive in that context.

Christine

Christine in Herts
14-02-08, 21:25
I have recollections of being measured at school - but rather less after adulthood.

BMI is a rather more recent concept!

Christine

Olde Crone Holden
14-02-08, 21:43
Prior to the start of the National Health Service, the only time height was routinely recorded was for military service, or for police records.

I cannot imagine a scenario pre 1948 where a woman's height would be recorded? After that it would only be of interest if she was of child bearing age.

OC

Little Nell
14-02-08, 22:39
Is she exceptionally short or is everyone else around her exceptionally tall?

Vicky the Viking
15-02-08, 10:19
Passport?

anyone know when they started putting height on that?

(Tho I suppose not many people of her generation actually had a passport)