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A workman smoothing the surface of the slate bed of a billiard table at a factory in

A workman smoothing the surface of the slate bed of a billiard table at a factory in


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A workman smoothing the surface of the slate bed of a billiard table at a factory in

A workman smoothing the surface of the slate bed of a billiard table at a factory in Accrington, Lancashire, England. He wears a respirator mask to protect from the dust. Date: 1950s

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Accrington Billiard Dust Hazard Health Lancashire Mask Protect Respirator Safety Slate Smoothing Surface Wears Workman


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In this evocative black-and-white photograph, a dedicated workman is meticulously smoothing the surface of a slate bed for a billiard table at a factory in Accrington, Lancashire, England during the 1950s. The industrial setting is a testament to the intricacies of billiard table manufacturing during this era. The workman, dressed in work clothes and wearing a protective respirator mask, is fully engaged in his task. The mask shields him from the fine dust generated during the slate bed preparation process, ensuring his health and safety. This attention to worker welfare was an important aspect of industrial practices during the mid-20th century. The slate bed, a crucial component of a billiard table, is being meticulously smoothed to ensure a flawless playing surface. The process involves carefully leveling and polishing the slate to create a consistent, seamless surface for the felt and balls to glide effortlessly across. The workman's focus and diligence are evident as he runs a large, smooth tool over the slate, adjusting it with small, precise movements. This photograph offers a fascinating glimpse into the industrial history of billiard table production. The scene is reminiscent of a bygone era, where craftsmanship and attention to detail were essential components of manufacturing processes. The use of protective equipment like respirator masks highlights the evolving awareness of health and safety hazards in the workplace during the 1950s. Overall, this photograph is a captivating representation of the dedication and skill required to create high-quality billiard tables.

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