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Cotton Dust Kills
Maker: Charlotte Brody; Frank Blechman
Date Made: Circa 1980
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 76 cm x 51 cm; 30 in x 20 in
Main Subject: Labor
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Cotton Dust Kills. Cotton Dust Causes Brown Lung Disease.
Acquisition Number: 1994-057
Pictured is Louis Harrell, a J.P. Stevens Mill worker who died of "brown lung" disease in 1978, after years of inhaling dust generated in the manufacture of textiles. This photograph appeared on the cover of an Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) manual, but was never distributed due to intense pressure from the textile industry. The pamphlet was printed when Dr. Eula Bingham was administrator of OSHA, appointed by President Jimmy Carter. After Reagan was elected, Bingham was replaced by Thorne Auchter (1981-84), and the pamphlets were destroyed.
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