This 1952 photograph provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted two public health workers from the Territorial Department of Health, Bureau of Industrial Hygiene, inside a Mobile Laboratory vehicle in Hawaii. These technicians were in the process of gathering data, which would later be used, during epidemiologic public health studies. The convenience of bringing the public healthcare system directly to the population, immeasurably facilitated the delivery of proper healthcare to the average person, especially in rural areas.
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.