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Woman operating a hand pres, 1920-1930.

Woman operating a hand pres, 1920-1930.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm


Sequential images on a single sheet. A series of photographs showing two different ways of operating a hand pres. The first sequence of six images shows the 'Old Method', while the second sequence of five images shows the more efficient 'New Method', which apparently increased productivity by 40 per cent. This is an example of the movement study carried out by the British National Institute of Industrial Psychology (NIIP). A variant of F W Taylor's time and motion study, it was more attuned to worker-sensitive isues such as fatigue, as well as employer concerns regarding productivity.

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