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'The Pill', 1968.

Eyles, Tony

'The Pill', 1968.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


A photograph showing two workers in the wet granulating room at G.D. Searle's High Wycombe phamaceutical factory, taken by Tony Eyles for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1968. The two men wear inflatable air-fed protection suits. The original article accompanying this photograph refers to these outfits as 'space-suits', adding that 'the men are handling powerful synthetic female sex hormones. If the workers at this stage of manufacture were totally unprotected, those hormones could cause them to develop feminine characteristics.' The contraceptive pill was first distributed in Europe in 1961- recommended solely for regulating menstrual disorders in married women. By the late 1960s, however, 'the Pill' had come to symbolise social change, sexual liberation and women's fight for equal rights. 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 st

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