|Description:||Inside a Connecticut hat making plant that was part of the 1937-1938 USPHS study of mercurialism and its control in the fur felt hat making industry. A stack of hat bodies is in the foreground, A man in the center background wipes his face with a cloth. The printed advertisement on the back wall depicts a stylish young woman wearing a felt hat.|
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.