Vintage Photos of Labor Day Celebrations

by Rachel Baker on September 2, 2013

MentalFloss has some great photos of early to mid 20th century Labor Day Celebrations.

While most of us now celebrate Labor Day with barbecues or end-of-summer vacations, the holiday was originally much more focused on labor unions and was meant to celebrate the economic and social contribution of blue collar workers. In fact, the holiday was only made a federal celebration in 1894 in an attempt to placate labor unions after the famous Pullman Strike, which resulted in 30 deaths. This labor-centric meaning is particularly apparent when looking at vintage photos of the holiday like these, which are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/52494/16-vintage-photos-labor-day-celebrations

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