“Tapping a blast furnace at the M. A. Hana Steel Co., near Buffalo, N.Y.”

By Thomas W. Parker, ca. November 1949–January 1950

While the steel industry had adopted the eight-hour day in the 1920s, the workday of American steel workers was still difficult, hot, and dangerous. Wages were below subsistence level, and accidents frequently killed or maimed workers. After unionization, in the late 1930s, wages rose and working conditions improved.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-PS-50-2242)