Swinging on a festive 'firework', 1932.
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A photograph of a woman swinging on a giant festive 'firework' at CT Brocks' factory in Cheam, Surrey, taken by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper. The workforce at Brocks were mostly women, employed seasonally. Those who worked with gunpowder wore black boilersuits, while packers wore white overalls. Founded in London in 1725, Brocks produced rockets, roman candles and special set piece fireworks for displays. They moved to a 200-acre site in Cheam in 1901, and continued manufacturing there until 1934. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.