Labor Day | 8 Classic Snapshots of American Labor History

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A day to honor the labor & achievements of the U.S. workforce

8 Classic Images of American Labor

8 Classic Images of American Labor (click to expand)

Labor Day – celebrated on the first Monday in September – is considered by many (especially educators) to mark the end of summer.

Photos of U.S. labor conditions (1900s – 1950s) – we’ve come a long way.

This image shows 8 classic photographs of the different post-Industrial Revolution working environments in the United States. Millions of men and women labored in these conditions to produce (among other things) supplies and equipment for WWI and WWII.

Top-left: National Cash Register Co., Dayton, OH. Women working in the Lock & Drill department. ca. 1902

Top-middle: Labor Day Parade, New York, NY. Parade float of the Women’s Trade Union League. September 7, 1908

Top-right:  Chance Mine: Coeur d’Alene region – Idaho. Five miners in lead mine take a brief break from labor. ca. 1909

Mid-left: B. F. Goodrich tire factory, Akron, OH. Men in tire factory manufacturing tires; adding the white-wall stripe. ca. 1924

Center: Automotive factory assembly line, Detroit, MI. Assembly room for chassis & motors. ca. 1929

Mid-right: Automotive parts plant, Detroit, MI. Workers operate machinery used to produce automotive parts. ca. 1942

Lower-center: Douglas Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA. Workers support the WWII effort in one of the earliest ethnically-integrated industrial facilities in the U.S. ca. 1943

Lower-right: Crown Cork Co., Baltimore, MD. Factory workers manipulating plastics and other chemicals with minimal health/safety equipment. circa 1954

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