ARTICLE - History of the "radium girls" - In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.

ARTICLE - History of the "radium girls" - In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.

The Radium Girls were so contaminated that if you stood over their graves today with a Geiger counter, the radiation levels would still cause the needles to jump more than 80 years later. They were small-town girls from New Jersey who had been hired by a local factory to paint the c

The Radium Girls were so contaminated that if you stood over their graves today with a Geiger counter, the radiation levels would still cause the needles to jump more than 80 years later. They were small-town girls from New Jersey who had been hired by a local factory to paint the c

Story of the Radium Girls - factory workers painting with glow in the dark paint died by the dozens.

Story of the Radium Girls - factory workers painting with glow in the dark paint died by the dozens.

Very sad story associated with this Grace Fryer Radium | radium girls by erik opergeist

Very sad story associated with this Grace Fryer Radium | radium girls by erik opergeist

Funeral Fund Blog: Mae Keane, Believed To Be Last Of Waterbury's Radium Girls Dies at 107.

Funeral Fund Blog: Mae Keane, Believed To Be Last Of Waterbury's Radium Girls Dies at 107.

1928 cartoon showing death hovering over "Radium Girls" who died young from bone cancers after ingesting the radioactive element for years while painting watch dials. Mae Keane, the last of the radium girls, died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 107.

1928 cartoon showing death hovering over "Radium Girls" who died young from bone cancers after ingesting the radioactive element for years while painting watch dials. Mae Keane, the last of the radium girls, died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 107.

Last of the radium girls dies. Worked one summer, lost all her teeth by her 30s, but lived to 107 (with chronic mouth pain and cancer).

Last of the radium girls dies. Worked one summer, lost all her teeth by her 30s, but lived to 107 (with chronic mouth pain and cancer).

Meet The Radium Girls And A Generation Of Radioactivity. 80 Years Later, They Are Still Toxic [STORY]

Meet The Radium Girls And A Generation Of Radioactivity. 80 Years Later, They Are Still Toxic [STORY]

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