|Description:||Workers picking up or turning in their badges while going on or coming off their shift at the Queens Midtown Tunnel construction site, New York City. This safety procedure ensured that all workers were accounted for at the end of a shift. Note the huge iron rings that line the tunnel just above the men. Negative number ST (South Tunnel) 1954, dated 12-29-38.|
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.