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Women Doping Wings

Women Doping Wings

G2083  During the First World War women were 'doping' the wings of the aircraft. After sewing canvas onto the wing frames, the women painted them with a glue like substance. When it dried it tightened the canvas around the wooden structure. This substance was highly toxic and gave the women headaches and giddiness and they were given milk to counteract the effects, but whether this worked still has to be verified! Here you can see them painting the wings, whilst a man stood behind the counter on the right of the photograph supplies them with the dope when their pots are empty. This was done at the Bristol Tramways shed in Brislington, which the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited utilised during this time. By 1918 over 2,000 fighter aircraft were made at the Filton and Brislington works, and there were 3,000 personnel working for the company.
Publisher Bristol Museum Service ( W j Colyer)
Contributor Bristol Industrial Museum
Creator corporatename, Bristol Museum Service (W.J. Colyer); ,
Date creation, Circa 1914-1918; ,
Type Photographic prints, Black and White; ,
Format dimension.W, 185 mm; dimension.H, 150 mm; , ; ,
Identifier 7625
Source Bristol Industrial Museum, Bristol
Language EN
Relation , ; , ; , ; ,
Coverage Location.Creation Site, Brislington, Bristol; period, Circa 1914-1919; , ; ,
Rights Bristol Industrial Museum
File created 4:2:1, 17/5/2004