Matchgirls participating in a strike against Bryant  May in London, 1888.  The strike was caused by the poor working conditions in the match factory, including fourteen-hour work days and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus.

Matchgirls participating in a strike against Bryant May in London, 1888. The strike was caused by the poor working conditions in the match factory, including fourteen-hour work days and the severe health complications of working with white phosphorus.

A group of match-girls in 1888, the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike.

A group of match-girls in 1888, the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike.

Bryant & May's match factory, Fairfield Road, Bow, in the 1920s. By William Whiffin. www.bkduncan.com

Bryant & May's match factory, Fairfield Road, Bow, in the 1920s. By William Whiffin. www.bkduncan.com

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