|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. In this photo, the ventilation unit is turned on, and dusts, fumes and smoke from the furnace are entrained into the hood of the ventilation unit and not released into the indoor atmosphere of the foundry building. An African American foundry worker attends to the furnace.|
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.