“The Way We Worked” Photo Exhibit from the National Archives

The National Archives website is hosting an exhibit entitled “The Way We Worked“.


The exhibit which features 80 photos as well as a 4:15 minute video is broken up into 5 sections as well as an introduction:

  1. Introduction
  2. Where We Worked
  3. What We Wore to Work
  4. How We Worked
  5. Conflict at Work
  6. Dangerous or Unhealthy Work

Most of the photos date from the early 1900s and show work conditions that are hard to conceive of, back before child labor laws, OSHA, MSHA and most of the things that mean we no longer have to choose between health and work.