1950s

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Catastrophic collateral damage: asbestos at work

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, once valued because of its insulating and fireproofing qualities, was used for fire-resistant garments and other products. However, exposure to asbestos fibres has caused illnesses and death among thousands of workers across Europe and the world.

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Vespa and Piaggio: icons of Italian industrial design

The Vespa scooter is an icon of Italian industry and design, a symbol of the 1950s. This blog looks at the industrial heritage behind the Vespa, which was produced by Piaggio company.

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