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POST CARDS & LABOR POSTCARDS
ametiühing / ammattiliitto / arodbiedrība / fagforening /
Gewerkschaft / sendikà / sindicat / sindikatu / syndicat /
VAKBOND / արհմիությունը / прафсаюз / শ্রমিক-সঙ্ঘ /
синдикат / 工会 / პროფკავშირის / श्रम संघ / 労働組合 / 노동 조합 /
"99. The Union Printers Home, Colorado Springs, Colo." postcard with
undivided back, mailed 1909 when divided backs were permitted so the sender
changed it, lightly toned front borders, a few tiny spots of cancel ink on
front, small corner crease nowhere near the image. $7.50 cu
"AGREEMENT between THE STEEL IMPROVEMENT & FORGE CO. and The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers / AFL-CIO LOCAL No. 1492 / Effective June 1, 1959 / CLEVELAND, OHIO" 20-page staple bound pocket-size reference in excellent condition. Contents: recognition of union, dues, initiation fee, Union Shop Committee, grievance procedure, holiday pay, seniority & much more. The company has grown into what is known today as Sifco Industries. $5.00 o(c)iu
"AMERICAN SHEET AND TIN PLATE COMPANY. / NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO." unused white-border era postcard published by I. Robbins & Sons, lightly toned both sides, minor corner rounding. This was a big company with plants in Pennsylvania, known for its intolerance to union organizing activity. $6.00 o(n)iu NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"BLOWING UP OF A CAR / COL. O." showing a crowd around a 'COURT HOUSE' streetcar during the strike of 1910, a horse-drawn wagon at the left & a vintage auto on the right; sepia-tone real photo, a little cancel ink detectable in the smoky areas. The union involved was the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees. Post card sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ossu
"B. of R. T. 286" showing 5 members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Lodge 286 standing before locomotive 2252, sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed at Wellsville Ohio MAY 30 1910 to George Thorn in Palestine West Virginia by his brother 7 sister (giving their Wellsville address). Senders' comment: "This is the Engine Floyd works on. The card was taken in East Liverpool." Wellsville and East Liverpool were connected by a low-grade line of the Pennsylvania Railroad suitable for heavy freight that was not time-sensitive. Rare! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(e)r(p)gup
"DANGER / As a constituent and one who works hard to earn a living, I want to / warn you about legislation to repeal or scale back Ohio's / prevailing wage law..." unused continental post card, printed partial address to Ohio House of Representatives. $2.00 pu
"Dear Member: / You are hereby requested to attend / the regular Executive Board meeting which / will be held on Thursday, JUL 8 1954 / ... at the Union Headquarters, / 350 East 85 Street, New York City. / ... / Ben Tiedeman / Secretary-Treasurer" postal card mailed by the Bakery & Confectionery Union Local #1 A. F. L. Cancel ink & minor toning on front, heavier but unimportant toning below the address. One of the pioneers of the North American labor movement, this union became an international in 1957. Its address then was in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan. $5.00 un(m)g
"'I knew this union was the / only way we could have our / own voice, make ourselves a / better way of life.' / Crystal Lee // TEXTILE WORKERS UNION of AMERICA / TWUA / AFL-CIO / CLC" much pertinent information on back about the unionizing of J. P. Stevens in Roanoke Rapids North Carolina, sepia-tone within blue border, unused postcard, Bread & Roses Series #5, a few tiny spots on back, unusually detailed, unusual subject matter. $15.00 ung*
"L-98 / REGION 4, U.A.W. / John F. Kennedy Union Center and swimming pool. / Ottawa, Illinois" with the pool & sunbathers in the foreground, the Cenbter and a couple of parked cars in the background; unused chrome post card from a photo by L. R. Pollizzie, light toning near one back corner, otherwise fresh, with good edges. $1.50 ius*
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"M. J. Reese / Democratic Candidate / for / TREASURER NEWARK CITY / ELECTION NOV. 6, 1917" small publicity card (about the size of a credit card) bearing his black & white image, with a small imprint of Typographical Union in Newark Ohio at the upper right corner, unimportant pencil writing on back, no postcard back. $6.00 pgol
"NOTICE / GENERAL ELECTION / CARPENTERS LOCAL UNION #200 / COLUMBUS, OHIO / " mailed 1999 on government postal card. $1.00
"OFFICERS OF YOUNGSTOWN TYPOGRAPHICAL UNION No. 200 // FROM LEFT TO RIGHT / S. P. JAMES, Chm. on Entertainment / J. B. REYNOLDS Secy-Treas. / H. DECHEND, Pres. / J. LOOMIS V. Pres. / Frank SEELEY Sec'y Conference / W. S. FLOWER Chm. Executive Com. // THE FIFTH SESSION / Ohio State Typographical Conference / Meets in Youngstown, Oct. 11, '08 / Your are cordially invited to be present / Send notice of your acceptance not later than October 1st, to FRANK SEELEY, Secretary // FLOAT USED IN OLD HOME WEEK" showing a wonderful horse-drawn float bedecked with flags & signs 'DEMAND THIS LABEL ON ALL OF YOUR PRINTED MATTER', sepia-tone postcard mailed 1908 at Youngstown to Frank E. Bennett at the Labor Journal there. Spotty toning both sides, three corners creased (1 long, 1 small, 1 tiny). Rare! SALE IN PROGRESS o(z)hpg(d)g(f)g(j)g(l)g(s)u
"O. N. G. TRAIN WRECK AT BELLE VALLEY, O. 7/31/'10 // EN ROUTE TO ST. R. Y. STRIKE, COLUMBUS, O." with many spectators gathered round, including ladies with parasols; unused sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo post card, light toning shows in the front sky. The Ohio National Guard was sent on occasion of the streetcar strike in Columbus & one cannot help but wonder if this disaster was caused by sabotage. The particular unit involved was the 1st Cavalry Squadron, shortly after its reorganization. Sold but its front is still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged & enhanced (publication-quality) 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 m(n)o(c)us
"O. N. G. TRAIN // WRECK // BELLE VALLEY, O. // 7/31/'10" including uniformed soldiers with their horses near car number 6040; unused sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo post card, small corner crease, trivial corner rounding. The Ohio National Guard was sent on occasion of the streetcar strike in Columbus & one cannot help but wonder if this disaster was caused by sabotage. The particular unit involved was the 1st Cavalry Squadron, shortly after its reorganization. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(b)m(n)o(c)us
"Riding is fine, / But walking for mine, / in COLUMBUS, O. // The STREET CAR STRIKE is on. // ALLIED PRINTING / TRADES COUNCIL / UNION LABEL / COLUMBUS O." showing a crowd around a streetcar deliberately abandoned in front of Union Station there, black & white post card mailed at Columbus MAY 2 1910 to Hebron Ohio, lower corner creased twice, light toning both sides, small sticker in address area obscures nothing. $25.00 o(c)ssu
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"SCHUTZE / BUTTER - NUT / BREAD / SCHUTZE BAKING COMPANY" delivery truck numbered 901 with 2 black ladies standing nearby, approximately 2.5" x 4.5" photograph, slight curl to the paper, back thinned slightly in 4 spots from album removal. It is rare to find anything about this company on the internet. Employers of union bakers, this company nonetheless in 1917 incurred the wrath of the Cincinnati Ohio Painters District Council, the Building Trades Council & the Central Labor Council for failing to hire their painters. $25.00 fo(c)gau
See also our new section of Labor Day postcards on this page.
See also Social history postcards for more general subjects.
See also Labor topical covers.
"Street car strike / April 29, 1910. / Just after a riot." With caption from writing on back, sepia-tone real photo post card mailed there May 22 1910, brownish paper, partial cancel on front, 2 small corner creases (not into image). Shows policeman standing at the entrance of a Long & High streetcar in front of the Metropole Hotel, with a large crowd surrounding him. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 ossu
"STREET DURING STRIKE" showing streetcar number 292 deliberately abandoned on a North 4th Street intersection of Columbus Ohio (near the Lang, Schenck & CO. liquor merchants store), 2 other streetcars further distant left, many pedestrians, and 'The Union's Clothes Sign' at the right; unused sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo postcard, excellent condition. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(c)ssu
"THE STRIKE IS ON / COL. O." showing a Court House street car on the Long & High route stopped by a large crowd, readable signs include 'Coulter's LUNCH', 'PIANOS', 'METROPOLE' & 'Knox THE TAILOR'; sepia-tone real photo post card published by Myers Photo Company, mailed there AUG 1 1910, mild edge wear, bottom corner crease. Writer comments: 'That is the way they get to a card tear them to pieces and beat up the scab motormen. Things very quiet.' Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(c)ssu
"U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Press Room. / Printed in Germany" with many small hand presses, each with a plate printer & woman assistant press feeder, turning out postage stamps & currency; postcard with undivided back from the Tuck Post Card Series No. 2234, mailed from New Providence New Jersey APR 12 1917 to Miss Katharine K. Reeve in Brooklyn New York. This view is included in a detailed article about the deplorable working conditions, entitled 'Sweatshop: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing c. 1905' at streetsofwashington.com. The women were to organize into a union in 1909. $8.00 dppntu NEW / NOUVEAU / NUEVO
"Victoria Jubilee Bridge, about 2 miles long, over St. Lawrence River. / Montreal, Canada. 461" black & white post card from the undivided back era, violet handstamp at the right edge of the image reads 'VERMONT FRUIT STORE / No. 155 No. Main St., / BARRE, VT. / ANTONIO GIACHINO', long corner crease all in message area, mild corner & edge wear. Interesting message: 'Your Harry Lauder record No. 19178 is here call for it. Harry Lauder was a very successful Scottish comic & singer whose songs sold by the millions, played on old wind-up Victrolas. The store referred to first opened as the Union Co-Operative Store in 1901, in the basement of the Labor Hall, and was expanded multiple times over the years under Giachino management. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bqv(b)gmu
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LABOR DAY POST
CARDS & POSTCARDS
"Home Coming Shawnee, O. Sept. 5th 1910"
in Ohio, a well-attended parade on Main Street
with a few automobiles, horse-drawn wagons, flag bearer, etc. (passing beneath a
WELCOME / SPENCER DRUG CO. banner); unused Azo (triangles up) real photo
postcard with good contrast & depth-of-field, trivial corner rounding. This
event in modern times is held on the Saturday before Labor Day to celebrate the
town's history & people; but check your calendars because September 5 1910 was
the first Monday in September that year -- therefore this was also their Labor
Day parade. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research
as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75.
"Main Street (Labour Day), / Winnipeg, Man., Canada" showing a throng of people near the Bank of Hamilton (at the right) dispersing after a parade, as seen from above; post card mailed 1913, one corner badly creased, other edge wear is minor, dark image. $7.50 m(w)lm ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"Monday, September 5, 1004 / ... / Upper Arlington / LABOR DAY / arts / Festival" in Ohio, continental publicity postcard with attractive graphics, near mint. $1.50 lo(u)
"REUTHER MEMORIAL / WALTER & MAY REUTHER / UAW FAMILY EDUCATION CENTER / BLACK LAKE / ONAWAY, MICHIGAN 49765" unused continental post card with scalloped border as issued, fairly fresh. $1.25 ml*
sepia-tone real photo postcard showing part of the Labor Day parade down
Main Street in Watertown Wisconsin. A private interurban car (center
foreground) is about to pass the Victor 5¢ Shop (sign in the lower left
corner). On the right we can easily make out the Wisconsin House (a hotel on
the corner of Main & 5th), and the Bittner Meat Market (located between 4th
& 5th on Main). Watertown's first celebration was in 1906, as recounted by
the Watertown Historical Society. This scene was on Monday (of course)
September 7th 1908, and the postcard was mailed at Watertown the next day to
Miss Ottilie Zobel in Manistee Michigan. Very light toning on back mostly
near the edges. Possibly one-of-a-kind: no printed caption, no photographer
credit, no publisher information.
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