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Triangle Fire Victims Awaiting Identification
Gelatin silver print
6 x 7 3/4 in (15.2 x 19.7 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Sale 2208 Lot 22
With the title, in pencil, in an unknown hand, and the Brown Brothers's hand stamp on verso.
The Photograph and the American Dream 1840-1940, 99.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, as it is now known, occurred on March 25, 1911 in the NYU Building, east of Washington Square, in New York City. The fire caused the death of 146 garment workers, most of whom were women, who had been locked in the factory by management and were unable to flee. Most perished due to burns, impact injuries and asphyxiation. As a result, the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union fought for safer working conditions in sweatshops.