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1917 Safety Poetry

1917 Safety Poetry

At times safety promotion got attention through poetry.
The following three poems appeared in the October 1917
issue of Safety Engineering, Volume 34, Number 4.

English for Safety Campaign of 1918. Is this still an issue today?

English for Safety Campaign of 1918. Is this still an issue today?

The following is a summary of an article in the February-March 1918 Issue of Safety (the publication of the American Museum of Safety in New York City). The author was Marian K. Clark of the New York State Industrial Commission challenging the inability of many workers to speak English and also their illiteracy in their native language. To what extent is this an issue more than 100 years later?

Meet Frances Perkins

Meet Frances Perkins

As a witness to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire she became an advocate for workers and the poor and played many roles at local, state and federal levels. She was the first woman to serve in the cabinet of a U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and created and implemented many reforms found in the New Deal.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – March 25, 1911

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – March 25, 1911

This was a classic fire in the history of safety and health. Young women involved in the manufacture of blouses and other clothing became trapped in upper floors of the factory building. It was very sad as 47 jumped to their death and others died from the smoke and heat. Locked exits prevented normal escape. Overall, 146 perished.

Do Your Shoes Fit Properly?

Do Your Shoes Fit Properly?

From the late 1920s to the 1950s, a machine called the Shoe Fitting Fluoroscope was the ultimate method to ensure that buyers and parents were fully satisfied with a proper fit. The machine used x-rays to create a display. Kids thought it was awesome!

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood

How did over 2 million gallons of molasses create a flood that killed 21 people and 25 horses and injured 150? Find out about this event from 100 years ago that became a landmark event for Boston.

What is Grinder’s Asthma?

What is Grinder’s Asthma?

Does this disease from the 19th century still exist? What do we call it today? This article explains the history of this disease, the workers, the working conditions and how it became part of music literature and poetry.

The Problem of The Children

The Problem of The Children

Does this remain a problem in cities today? Is a lack of physical activity “The Problem of the Children” today? Are we willing to identify a safety problem and promote a solution for it?

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