|Description:||Electric arc welder at Crown Cork and Seal Company, Baltimore, Maryland in April 1953. Original caption: “Electric arc welding – Note the flexible exhaust to remove welding fumes. The operator [name omitted here] wears a safety mask and gloves.” The photograph was probably made as part of a study by the U.S. Public Health Service, Industrial Hygiene Division.|
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.