|Description:||Worker underground next to the giant cast iron rings that line the tunnel at the Queens Midtown Tunnel construction site, New York City. Negative number is ST (South Tunnel) 2015, dated 2-8-39. Mohawk Indian Ironworkers are renowned for building New York City’s bridges, skyscrapers, and other structures, including the tunnels. This man may be Mohawk.|
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.