Radiation protection gloves, 1920-1958
A layer of lead incorporated into these gloves helps protect an X-ray technician from harmful radiation. They became standard protective equipment. The gloves are made of cloth. With the lead, they weigh three kilos. They are seen with a protective apron (A606875). This is also lead lined. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923). The first committee to investigate possible ill effects of X-rays was formed three years later in 1898. Reports of burns and dermatitis due to the rays were frequent by this date.
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Transmission of any type of energy by means of rays, waves or as mobile sub-atomic particles (electrons, neutrons and protons).
Glossary: radiation protection equipment