Quinta Maggia McDonald
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.
Quinta’s final gift to her friends, family and doctor – she allowed a full autopsy after her death.
The home where Quinta lived during her illness 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 9, Row 7, Grave 7
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery stay to the left and drive past the new office and parking lot. Continue to follow the white line in the road towards the left until you cross over a short bridge to the old section. Take the first left and drive straight ahead and park when the road makes a sharp right. On your left is Section 9. Walk to the very corner of the property at Hayward Street and Thomas Blvd. Now walking along the fence line bordering Thomas Blvd count 7 rows and 7 graves in and you will find the final resting place of Radium Girl Quinta Maggia McDonald on a slightly raised concrete slab.
Grave Location GPS40.78552508, -74.22057939
Read More About Quinta Maggia McDonald:
- Wikipedia Entry
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- 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
- Still glowing: How the Radium Girls’ suffering helped advance women’s rights in the workplace
- The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' Lives
- Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107
- When Undark Was Lethal: A New Look at the ‘Radium Girls’