The Human Machinery of War

Photograph: Man Wearing Tie Leaning Over a Machine

Original Title/Caption: “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. This man is violating two rules of good plant practice: he is fooling around with machinery unfamiliar to him and he is wearing unsuitable and dangerous clothing. His tie might easily get caught in the moving machinery.”

 

Description: In this black and white photograph, a man wearing a dress-shirt and tie leans over a machine.  He appears to be unsure how the machine works.  The photograph was taken in June 1942 by Howard Liberman.

 

Source: Liberman, Howard, photographer.  “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. This man is violating two rules of good plant practice: he is fooling around with machinery unfamiliar to him and he is wearing unsuitable and dangerous clothing. His tie might easily get caught in the moving machinery.”  Photograph, 1942.  From Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Call number LC-USE6- D-005572.  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8e11101/ (accessed March 20, 2007).

 

Historical discussion: Here, the original title/caption of this photograph describes this man as “fooling around.”  The language of the caption faulted the individual, focusing on worker’s carelessness as the cause of industrial accidents.