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Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s

Workers in a crown-glass factory, Great Britain, early 1800s.
Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

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Britain British Burning Business Child Child Labor Danger England English Europe European Factory Fire Great Britain Industrial Revolution Industry Labor Laborer Labour Manufacture Manufacturer Manufacturing Mill Oven Safety Unsafe Working Conditions Work Worker Blown Glass Child Labour Glass Blowing Glass Factory Hazard Kiln Molten


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This hand-colored engraving takes us back to the early 1800s in Great Britain, where workers are seen blowing glass in a crown-glass factory. The image beautifully captures the essence of this bygone era, showcasing both the artistry and danger involved in this traditional manufacturing process. The workers depicted here are laboring diligently amidst an atmosphere of heat and intensity. With molten glass, kilns, and ovens surrounding them, they skillfully manipulate the material into exquisite blown glass creations. However, it is impossible to ignore the hazardous conditions they face daily. Flames dance perilously close to their hands as they work tirelessly under extreme temperatures. This illustration serves as a poignant reminder of the industrial revolution's impact on British society during that time period. It sheds light on not only the incredible craftsmanship but also highlights some of the unsafe working conditions prevalent at that time. Moreover, hidden within this scene lies another unsettling truth - child labor. Amongst these adult workers stands a young boy who should be enjoying his childhood instead of being exposed to such hazards. As we reflect upon this historical photograph print from North Wind Picture Archives, we gain insight into our heritage while acknowledging how far we have come in terms of job safety and worker rights today.

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