Radium Dial Girls

Radium Dial Girls

Postby koimaster » April 4th 2014, 3:35pm

I have known about this story for quite some time now, years in fact but never thought to post it. Recently I have become very tired of shysters talking about LUME on dials. Well this is the true story about the cost of that lume in the early years.



The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey, around 1917. The women, who had been told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to give them a fine point; some also painted their fingernails and teeth with the glowing substance.

Five of the women challenged their employer in a case that established the right of individual workers who contract occupational diseases to sue their employers.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEMRJSu5vvI[/youtube]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Girls

http://www.waterburyobserver.org/node/586
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The Radium Girls.pdf


http://www.rst2.edu/ties/radon/ramfordu ... 0Girls.pdf


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/03/0 ... ls-Part-I#

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/03/0 ... ls-Part-II

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/03/1 ... s-Part-III
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby biglove » April 4th 2014, 7:09pm

How tragic!

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Mortuus » April 4th 2014, 7:43pm

Sadly reminiscent of the asbestos industry.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Jamesbee » April 4th 2014, 11:08pm

The 'dark matters' series on the science channel did a fairly good dramatized version of the story, including the cover up and law suit. I don't know how accurate it was but it went a lot further than the usual anecdotal nature of the story.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Watch Noob » April 6th 2014, 8:46am

Great story and links Alain. I remember watching a documentary on this a ways back. I recall from the documentary a lot of the women even used it as lipstick. Very sad.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby codguy » April 6th 2014, 8:52am

Wow
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby AJC » April 6th 2014, 11:30am

Watch Noob wrote:Great story and links Alain. I remember watching a documentary on this a ways back. I recall from the documentary a lot of the women even used it as lipstick. Very sad.



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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby TemerityB » April 6th 2014, 1:38pm

A great topic and an important story. Yeah, even the watch industry has its cover-ups and dirty secrets. Frankly, I can't think of a bigger black eye than this; imagine - people dying from working on watches.

In a way, this symbolizes what's wrong with business: They'll fucking kill you for a nickel or a dime. What companies like GM and Toyota have been up to of late certainly ain't nothing new.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Jamesbee » April 6th 2014, 1:45pm

TemerityB wrote:A great topic and an important story. Yeah, even the watch industry has its cover-ups and dirty secrets. Frankly, I can't think of a bigger black eye than this; imagine - people dying from working on watches.

In a way, this symbolizes what's wrong with business: They'll fucking kill you for a nickel or a dime. What companies like CM and Toyota have been up to of late certainly ain't nothing new.


Too true, it's easy to dismiss, but the result of all that radium if I understand things correctly was that their bones began to disintegrate, their teeth fell out, their jaws disconnected, and of course death wasn't far behind.. terrible stuff.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby biglove » April 6th 2014, 4:26pm

Radiation poisoning is supposedly one horrible death. From what I see it has done, in very tightly focused beams to treat cancer, I don't doubt it.

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Mortuus » April 6th 2014, 4:35pm

You guys should see what Chernobyl did to Europe and parts of Asia. Ditto Fukushima in Japan and Asia. Without getting into the whole no-nukes-is-good-nukes thing, I was one relieved dead guy when SDG&E announced they were closing down the San Onofre nuclear power plant; I'm rather fond of my testicles just the way they are, thank you... :idea: :idea:
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby koimaster » December 28th 2014, 10:03pm

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Kahuna74 » December 28th 2014, 11:45pm

I missed this Koi, great read and a sad story.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby conjurer » December 29th 2014, 12:24am

I can't believe nobody's said it yet, so I will:

How's the lume??
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Wasp » December 29th 2014, 8:09am

Fukushima...did much more damage to the environment than publicized. Hush Hush Mush Mush.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby koimaster » December 1st 2015, 12:23pm

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby conjurer » December 1st 2015, 12:58pm

Mortuus wrote:You guys should see what Chernobyl did to Europe and parts of Asia. Ditto Fukushima in Japan and Asia. Without getting into the whole no-nukes-is-good-nukes thing, I was one relieved dead guy when SDG&E announced they were closing down the San Onofre nuclear power plant; I'm rather fond of my testicles just the way they are, thank you... :idea: :idea:


Yup. Low-hanging.
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Mortuus » December 1st 2015, 7:13pm

conjurer wrote:
Mortuus wrote:You guys should see what Chernobyl did to Europe and parts of Asia. Ditto Fukushima in Japan and Asia. Without getting into the whole no-nukes-is-good-nukes thing, I was one relieved dead guy when SDG&E announced they were closing down the San Onofre nuclear power plant; I'm rather fond of my testicles just the way they are, thank you... :idea: :idea:


Yup. Low-hanging.

At my age, I always use 'em when I get asked for two forms of ID... :?
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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Darksider » February 10th 2016, 10:08am

As an update, NPR is did a tribute program on them last year. The audio can be downloaded in MP3 format or you can listen to it on line. The comments section went from comments on the story to politics as usual.

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373510029 ... ntent=2054

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby koimaster » October 18th 2017, 11:44am

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby Mortuus » October 18th 2017, 12:22pm

It went away with Don Henley in a Cadillac with a 'Dead Head sticker somewhere on it... :|

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Re: Radium Dial Girls

Postby AJC » October 20th 2017, 2:00pm

I was going to make a joke only to see that I already made it 3 and a half years ago.
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