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Smoke Inspection Display
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Smoke Inspection Display

Bureau of Smoke Inspection - 1928

A large display by the Bureau of Smoke Inspection, division of the Department of Public Service, shows the cross section of boilers and the effects of burning coal efficiently. At the lower left are four Ringelmann Smoke Charts which were used to establish the density of smoke, at the lower right a copy of a report by the smoke inspector, in the lower center two photographs showing one smokestack spewing black smoke and one after improvement, and above them the ordinance regarding smoke pollution.


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TitleSmoke Inspection Display
CreatorBureau of Smoke Inspection

Title by cataloger. A photo essay about the first smoke inspector, Louis C. Towner, provides more information about the effort to improve air quality in the early 1900s.

CollectionGrand Rapids Public Museum

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InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Museum

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