|Description:||Woman worker in a Connecticut hat making plant with bins of carroted, shaved rabbit fur hat rom the fur cutting plant. The fur would still be impregnated with dried mercury nitrate, which would generate mercury-laden dust into the atmosphere and expose worker who were in such close contact with it. This plant was part of the 1937-1938 PHS industrial hygiene and engineering study of mercury exposure and its health effects in the hatmaking industry.|
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.