1950s, History, Nostalgia, Photography, Pics, Vintage

Back On The Raising Gang

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April 16, 1951. Life magazine showcases 26-year-old Bill Hipkiss, a bridgeman on a “raising gang,” fitting steel into place. A steelworker for 9 years, this was his first bridge, for which he was paid $2.80/hr with double overtime. Add this to the list of jobs I would never consider doing.

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 That’s a bunch of words that make my head hurt. 
LifeApril1951-008This is unsafe? Building a bridge is unsafe. I hope they had workers’ compensation.

plateWhat about you? Does this kind of risky work appeal to your nature? Are you an adrenaline junkie? Would you make sure to apply sunscreen to your face before going out each morning?