|Description:||Worker underground at the Queens Midtown Tunnel construction site, New York City. Negative number is ST (South Tunnel) 2016, 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.