Saturday, September 5, 2009

We've Come a Long Way....








Labour Day

The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes ("Nine-Hour Movement") first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers' strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader

Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned to New York and organized the first American "labor day" on September 5 of the same year.
(from Wikipedia)

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Labour Day Weekend

Pictures via


Anonymous said...

Those are wonderful old photos Sue...

I watched a documentary on child labor and it was astoundingly hard to watch....this was in America... so Labor and all the laws... well it seems so weird... even tho since those times it's changed.
Labor ~ Laws ~fair wage...???

Baroness Bijoutery said...

I remember seeing the movie about the Triangle Shirt Factory...The women were locked in their sewing rooms not allowed to leave..One day the building caught fire and these poor women were trapped...Life and Labor was very cheap in those days...Yes we have come along way but still not far enough....Love the pictures you posted...
Have a great weekend Sue....

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

What a fantasic post and the pictures...Oh my goodness thank you for sharing my little friend. Hope all is well and that you have a wonderful weekend.

mycuriousteaparty said...

Hello Sue
I know that I'm going off at a tangent but, looking at your Labor day 1942 photograph it reminded me of an artist called Dame Laura Knight she did a painting of a young girl called 'Ruby Loftus' if you get a chance look it up you will see why I've left this comment.

I love your inspirational pauses.