The Radium Girls ingested radioactive radium through the special paint formula they used to paint the dials on clocks, watches, aircraft instruments and other applications. By using a technique known as “lip – dip – paint” they would put the brush on their lips after each application to tighten the brush hairs, ingesting the paint hundreds of times a day for years.
Ironically, the inventor of radium dial paint, Dr Sabin Arnold von Sochocky, died in November 1928, becoming the 16th known victim of poisoning by radium dial paint. He had gotten sick from radium in his hands, not the jaw, but the circumstances of his death helped the Radium Girls in court.
The home where Mollie Maggia passed away is still standing and located at 386 Highland Ave, Orange, NJ 07050. The home is currently a multi family home that contains 2,446 square feet and was built in 1873.
Final Resting Place:
408 Orange Road
Montclair, New Jersey, 07042
Grave Location:Single Section 8, Row 6, Grave 71
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery take the first right and drive past the new office building and parking. Follow the white line to the left, then right and stop at the intersection just before you go over the bridge to the old section. On your right along the property line is a narrow section of graves that extends all the way to the maintenance shed. In the exact middle of this section where the road bends slightly into the section on the second row is the final resting place of Radium Girl Amelia “Mollie” Maggia. Her grave lines up with the street on the other side of the fence.
Grave Location GPS40.78654692449, -74.2247069697292
Read More About Amelia Maggia:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Medical mystery: Dental pain that grew agonizing, then deadly
- Glowing Girls: The Radium Tragedy that Changed History
- Radium Girls: The dark times of luminous watches
- A Dazzle in the Bones
- Still glowing: How the Radium Girls’ suffering helped advance women’s rights in the workplace
- The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls
- At 107 years old, she was one of the last of the radium girls
- Radium Girls Book Review