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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Finger First Aid: 1917

Finger First Aid: 1917

February 1, 1917. An injured finger gets bandaged in the infirmary of the Hood Rubber Co. in Cambridge, Mass. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The 1917 infirmary

Actually, I'm impressed by a company that actually had an infirmary in 1917 (mine doesn't to this day), and at least a doctorish-looking person to tend it.

Apropos of nothing in particular, the New York Times reported 6/21/1914 that a man claiming to have invented a superior method for producing rubber boots charged that Hood Rubber had had him confined to a psychiatric institution for over three years. Outcome of the scheduled hearing seems not to have been reported.

 
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