1945 Photograph of American Workers On Strike for a Minimum 75c an Hour American Wage Original Press Photograph with the International News Photos Stamp
(Americana - 20th Century - Labor Union - Strike History)

U.S.A.: International News Photos, 1945. F 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) Good Paperback (Item ID: 23855)


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