|Description:||This 1949 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Reprinted from the September, 1949, ”Industrial Hygiene Newsletter”, it depicted a man working with his hands inside an enclosed booth, its interior accessible through airtight, gloved arm-holes. To his right, and behind him, was an industrial hygiene flowmeter air-sampling apparatus. The flowmeter was monitoring the quality of the air around his workstation.|
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.