|Description:||This 1947 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and depicted a crop-dusting biplane dispersing pesticide spray over an unidentified farm crop. This image had been “retouched” for publication, in order to emphasize the spray plume. Activities such as this need stringent oversight by a regulating body such as NIOSH, which would make the health and welfare of such workers a paramount concern. Though the spray was dispersed from the rear of the plane, the pilot and those on the ground were still susceptible to toxic effects brought on through contact with the pesticide. Contact with the chemicals could also have occurred through the act of pesticide formulation prior to spraying.|
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.