|Description:||Mine tunnel with rail tracks and ventilation unit, U.S. Smelting, Refining, & Mining Company, unknown location. Original caption: “Joy Axivane Fan, 30 H.P., Capacity 14,000 C.F.M., located on 3200 Level, U.S. Section. Intake side.” The sign on the wooden air door reads: “Don’t make your family blue. Work safely.”|
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.