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Object ID # 2014.035.032
Object Name Goggles
Title Train Fireman's Goggles
Date 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Canada
Description Safety goggles with clear, round lenses and finely-perforated black frames. The elastic headstrap is held by slotted, reddish Bakelite. No maker's mark observed.
Provenance Manufacturer unknown. Dates to the 20th-century.

Belonged to the Canadian National Railways.

Last owned by Allan Nicholson of Palmerston, Ontario. He acquired vintage railway equipment at auctions and sales in Grey and Bruce counties.
Collection Transportation, Railroad Equipment Collection
Material Bakelite/Metal/Glass/Elastic
Dimensions W-15.5 L-6.5 D-5.5 cm
Found Ontario
Subjects Railroad employees
Railroad locomotives
Search Terms Canadian National Railways (C.N.R.)
Function Worn by a train's fireman to protect his eyes while working near the firebox of a locomotive. When feeding the locomotive engine with a coal shovel, the train's fireman stepped on a lever in front of the firebox. Tiny burning cinders could hit him in the eyes if he did not protect them.