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Radium Watch Dials And Radium Girls: Who Would Have Thought 'Eating' Radioactive Material Was Deadly? - Reprise | Quill & Pad

Radium Watch Dials And Radium Girls: Who Would Have Thought 'Eating' Radioactive Material Was Deadly? – Reprise | Quill & Pad

Prompted by the news that the remainder of the alleged Radium Girls had died at 107 years old, I thought it well-suited to investigate the 1987 narrative Radium City (included toward the finish of this article), which follows the account of Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois.

Women painting radium on watch dials for the gladly (and suitably) named Radium Dial company

Radium Dial moved to Ottawa from Chicago in 1922 and worked there until 1932 when it changed its name to Luminous Processes in response to a claim. Iridescent Processes stayed in activity until 1977.

The ladies working in the processing plants were entrusted with painting the numerals and different markings on the watch dials with a glowing paint comprising paste, water, and radium powder. The workers, presently known as Radium Girls , were told to ceaselessly reshape the hairs of the brushes they utilized by placing them in their mouths.

There was a comparative manufacturing plant claimed by United States Radium in Orange, New Jersey – where Thomas Edison, who worked with fluoroscopy in addition to other things, had his workshop.

This narrative goes into a lot of profundity as to the damaging results of being excessively presented to radium, in any event, for simply a short measure of time. Broad meetings with survivors and their families make this “dark” section of American watchmaking an exercise loaded up with little light.

Radium Girls cartoon (graciousness www.emigennis.com)

Radium Girls cartoon (graciousness www.emigennis.com)

Radium blended in with zinc sulfide was utilized as a brilliant substance on watch dials after 1902 (when Marie Curie gave William J. Sledge some radium tests) until the 1960s when it was supplanted with tritium (blended in with zinc sulfide).

You can see the Radium City narrative about the Radium Girls story in the video above.

For more on radioactive radium lume, perceive How We Realized Putting Radium in Everything Was Not the Answer .

*This story was first posted on March 13, 2015 at Radium Watch Dials And Radium Girls: Who Would Have Thought ‘Eating’ Radioactive Material Was Deadly?

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