1945 Photograph of American Workers On Strike for a Minimum 75c an Hour American Wage Original Press Photograph with the International News Photos Stamp
by (Americana - 20th Century - Labor Union - Strike History)
U.S.A.: International News Photos, 1945. Black and white photograph; depicting about 8 casually dressed men playing a hand of cards using a strike sign as a 'table'; another sign states that '50c an hour aint Patriotic...'; photo approx. 6 1/2" x 8" size; trimmed at bottom edge, with old crop-marks at borders; top corner edge-clipped in the margin, does not affect image; reverse has the International News Photos back-stamp and also Liberty Art Dept., giving subject, date of Sep. 15 1945 and a few other markings; some edge-wear and crinkling; in good condition; interesting union workers wage demand & strike visual ephemera from the immediate post World War II period. " The sharp increase in employment during the war caused a dramatic growth in union membership. By 1945 more than fourteen million American workers were enrolled By the end of the war the trade-union movement was big and had established firm collective bargaining bases in most of the important industries of the United States . Wartime controls inevitably built up tensions within the rank and file. With the war's end, a wave of nationwide strikes battered the maritime, railroad, coal, oil, auto, electrical, telephone, and steel industries; four and a half million workers were on the picket lines " (Americans in Depression and War by Irving Bernstein, US Dept. of Labor site). Photograph. Not Bound. Good. (Inventory #: 23855)
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