Employers before the fire: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. It was also the second deadliest disaster in New York City
101 years on – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
Demonstration of protest and mourning for Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911, By an unknown photographer, New York City, New York, April 5, 1911; General Records of the Department of Labor; Record Group 174; National Archives. On March 25, 1911, fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, killing 146 employees, most of them women.This photo was part of the exhibit …
The Triangle Shirtwaist Company always kept its doors locked to ensure that the young immigrant women stayed stooped over their machines and didn’t steal anything. When a fire broke out on Saturday, March 25, 1911, on the eighth floor of the New York City factory, the locks sealed the workers’ fate. In just 30 minutes, 146 were killed.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is one of the key examples when portraying the inhumane environments factory workers endured before and during the 1900s. It is the pinnacle of horror produced by industrialization and is now a grim memory of the labour movement. Flames began to appear on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Waist Company, and quickly spread. Survivors and witnesses watched helplessly as leaps of faith were performed from the ninth floor.