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28 April 2017

Photographs for International Labour Day

To mark International Labour Day on Monday, I thought I would browse through two photographic collections where I knew there would be some great images of people at work. The first set of photographs is from Mongolia (EAP264). I could have picked so many, the themes range from working at the coalface, tanners, the clothing industry, shop assistants and perhaps my favourite which was taken inside a sausage factory. The second set was taken by Annemarie Heinrich (EAP755) and show people at work in Argentina. Here we have brick makers, greengrocers, sugar refinery workers, images of an abattoir and timber yard employees.

Both collections date roughly from the 1930s to the 1950s and are visually appealing, but it is clear that the work was physically demanding and often carried out in dangerous conditions. Do visit these collections for yourself and see what other gems you can discover.

Two men pose while holding a crosscut saw as if to cut a log..EAP264/1/5/1 Ulaanbaatar’s power plant operation, auto mechanical shop as well as metal work

EAP264_1_5_6-EAP264IN_Box38_005_LEAP264/1/5/6 early coal mining activities

Four men stand in front of buildings. They have spades and wear helmets with lights.EAP264/1/5/6 cheerful coal miners

  A man stands by a huge barrel and holds an animal skin.EAP264/1/5/2 Skin processing in Ulaanbaatar factory

A woman operates a circular saw as it cuts into a plank of wood.EAP264/1/5/2 Timber processing in Ulaanbaatar

People stand at the counter of a shop. Copper goods, such as pots, pans and kettles are on display.EAP264/1/5/4 Mongolian shop

Factory workers stand by cages full of sausages.EAP264/1/5/5 Sausage factory 

A man is bent over a low wooden structure that makes bricks. A wall of stacked bricks is in the background.EAP755/1/1/32 Making bricks

A rather rotund man wearing a beret, stacks a supply of large, round squash.EAP755/1/1/37 Selling squash

Men shovel sugar.EAP755/1/1/108 Sugar refinery, Tucumán

Three men stand by a large hoist, there are logs and bark debris.EAP755/1/1/139 Timber workers

A man stands holding a sheep by its hind legs.EAP755/1/1/139 Abattoir work

A barge with lots of bales of cargo.EAP755/1/1/139 Cargo carriers