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The Underground: 1915

The Underground: 1915

"Safety sign in coal mine" circa 1915. View full size. National Photo Company.

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Safety First

I work on the Tracks myself > The T in Boston and have for 24 years. When I was first hired and a green horn on the crew. All the older guys would say "Saftey First" all night long to us new guys over and over. We always had a chuckle and thought they were busting out butts. But I guess they were looking out for us and just passing along what they had heard from the older guys when they were new workers - so all would be safe. they also would say " Accident don't take Holiday " and " Watch out for your finger they don't grow back ". My self and a few others still say these sayings but not as much as we should but after seeing this picture I am going to make a point of saying it more to the newer men or persons Haaaaa. As I have lost 2 friend/co-workers on the job through the years. Never mind injuies.

So thanx for the PICTURE and all the other!!!

This site is one of my fav. as I have been on here for over 2 hrs --- now.

Mark from BOSTON june 5 2008

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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