The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
The Heat! The Noise! My God!
"That damned heat from the mill still runs through my blood. July and August was the worst - sweated like hogs at the slaughterhouse. The noise! My God! My ears clang to this day. Can't hear so good no more ... I don't breathe so good either. Twelve-hour days sucked the strength from my pores. Worked from six in the morning to six at night, six days a week ... Well, can't complain. We Irish never had them real bad jobs like the Hunkies and Blacks." 
"The Pittsburgh Press", 1937, interview with a retired steelworker

Photograph: Steel Manufacture, Allegheny-Ludlum, PA, 1940-1945 — Library of Congress