Interesting Read- Watch makers in the 1920s and effects of radioactive paints

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    Interesting Read- Watch makers in the 1920s and effects of radioactive paints

    I am reading a fascinating book on the development of the Atomic bombs and the development of related radioactive materials.
    I stumbled across this tragic story of women who worked painting the first luminescent paints onto watches. As they used their mouths to sharpen their brushes before applying the paints, they began to suffer horrible cancers in their mouth. They were known as the "Radium Girls"
    i did a bit more research and found this link. Don't know if this has been discussed before.
    Undark and the Radium Girls • Damn Interesting
    Last edited by camb66; December 10th, 2011 at 22:39.
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    Last edited by stuffler,mike; December 10th, 2011 at 23:13.
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    Re: Interesting Read- Watch makers in the 1920s and effects of radioactive paints

    Reminds me of the Radium water that was sold at drug stores in the late 1800's. Take a few swigs
    and it was good for what ales ya, but not for long.

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    Re: Interesting Read- Watch makers in the 1920s and effects of radioactive paints


    Thanks Mike , I never knew someone made a watch paying homage to them!
    Regards Cam

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