|Description:||Workers underground at the Queens Midtown Tunnel construction site, New York City. Original caption: “N.Y.C. Tunnel Authority. South Tunnel – Queens Midtown. Drilling face, top center pocket, shield in position for Ring No. 411. Air pressure 25 lbs.” Giant iron rings lined most of the tunnel. Negative number ST (South Tunnel) 2013, dated 2-8-39.|
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.