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Description:This historical 1946 image was captured during a U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) field study, and depicted the air polluted landscape of an American city. Evidence such as this photograph helped to forge the rules and regulations to which industry must abide in order to stem the environmental damage created by industrial pollution. Now, industrial plant exhaust stacks are outfitted with filtration devices, which dramatically curtail the indiscriminant expulsion of air pollutants into the atmosphere.
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection began as the “picture file” of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), c. 1930-1960. It is a unique collection of mid-20th Century images of American workers and workplaces and documents occupational safety and health research of that era. The collection consists of approximately 1,000 original photographs and schematic drawings.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
Creation Date:1946
Photo Credit:Roy Perry
Links:United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
CDC – Nat. Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – About NIOSH
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.