Revisiting the heyday of department stores and five-and-dimes

Waterbury Clock Co.

In 2004 the Environmental Protection Agency began the process of cleaning up radium that still existed at the site of the former Waterbury Clock Co., which became Timex. The site was a factory that made glow-in-the-dark watch dials using radium paint. Several of the workers who used the material died or were disabled because of exposure to radiation. They became known as the "Radium Girls."
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