|Description:||A foundry furnace at the William Powell Valve Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1950-1963, that is equipped with a Kirk & Blum Manufacturing Co. ventilation unit. However, the ventilation unit is not turned on in this photo, so dusts, fumes and smoke from the furnace are not captured by the unit but are released into the indoor atmosphere of the foundry building.|
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.