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sponger diver removing helmet

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Title

sponger diver removing helmet

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, sponge industry, person removing helmet from sponge diver

Description

John Mehas removes the helmet from diver Leon “Roxy” Velousis. Note that the diver is holding a cigarette. Immediately after ascent, divers were often asked to smoke in order to discover whether they were developing decompression sickness. It was commonly believed that if the diver smoked without coughing or shortness of breath, his lungs were not seriously affected by gas bubbles. If they were affected, the diver might return to the water for recompression.

Source

City of Tarpon Springs

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Type

photo

Files

1546096[1].jpg

Citation

“sponger diver removing helmet,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 19, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/2946.