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Women Doping Wings

Women Doping Wings

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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.
PublisherBristol Museum Service ( W j Colyer)
ContributorBristol Industrial Museum
Creatorcorporatename - Bristol Museum Service (W.J. Colyer)
Datecreation - Circa 1914-1918
TypePhotographic prints - Black and White
Formatdimension.W - 185 mm
dimension.H - 150 mm
SourceBristol Industrial Museum, Bristol
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Brislington, Bristol
period - Circa 1914-1919
RightsBristol Industrial Museum