Bib and brace overalls were considered hazardous as there was a risk of protrusions getting caught on the shoulder straps. I was disappointed to find that I had no shots of me in green or orange overalls that fitted my form. In fact in the only shot I have of me I am not wearing overalls at all.
|Statfjord B Topsides ready to sail away from Rosenberg Verft|
You can see that the photographer had not focussed on me on 28 March1981 when the Statfjord B deck left Stavanger to be mated with the Gravity Base Stucture (GBS) legs.
I do have a shot of work going on showing a number of men in overalls watching a deck being lowered inside a leg of the GBS during construction and outfitting.
|Statfjord B GBS - equipment deck being lowered.|
To give you some idea of scale, the inside diameter of the leg at this point was 23metres. The eventual height of each of the four legs was 175 metres. As a leg narrowed and became a conical shape higher up, decks had to be lowered in halves and lifted over 100 metres before lowering could begin,
Had overalls not been free issue perhaps I would have had to visit a place like this.
|Old Advertising Sign - York Rise, Bellgate Mews, NW5|
If you strain your eyes a bit you will find it reads, I think: K&M Larn, Fancy Works, Overalls, Blouses etc.
I would be unlucky now if I visited a Coventry purveyor of overalls, footwear for working and walking.
|Lynes Stores, Well Street, Coventry - 2009|
Lynes Stores are a bit overshadowed by that huge office block. Lynes and the other building in the foreground have been demolished.
I even found a building in Belfast showing off blue overalls.
|Mosaic - Transport House, Belfast - 2009|
But back in 1939, Albert T Palmer was wearing 'bib & brace' while welding.
|Welder making boilers for a ship|
Combustion Engineering Co., Chattanooga, Tennessee
Now I've retired I guess it's time I burnt all my overalls just like Tara Oram
And for you go over to see all the others at sepia-saturday-155
- Old Advertising Sign - by Mike Quinn: CC BY-SA 2.0; ex geograph.org.uk; Geograph Project
- Lynes Stores - by E Gammie: CC BY-SA 2.0; ex geograph.org.uk; Geograph Project
- Transport House, Belfast - by Mike Quinn: CC BY-SA 2.0; ex geograph.org.uk; Geograph Project
- Welder - Library of Congress