Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Today is Labor Day, a US federal holiday which was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.  (Read more Labor Day history here)

From the Department of Labor website:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
If you are fortunate enough to have the day off from work,
take a moment to remember those workers who came before you. 

Labor - International Ladies G... Digital ID: 1676673. New York Public Library
[Miners adjusting a machine in... Digital ID: 107479. New York Public Library
Men with sign International La... Digital ID: 1689943. New York Public Library
Construction of the Great Nort... Digital ID: 2040911. New York Public Library
Sanitation - [Street sweepers ... Digital ID: 732907f. New York Public Library

Labor - Crowd of union workers Digital ID: 1676643. New York Public Library
Cotton hoers loading at Memphi... Digital ID: 1260012. New York Public Library
Though I have the day off, Nonfiction Monday continues on at The Swimmer Writer.


  1. What great photos. The NYPL digital archive is new to me but I am going to use it in future!

    No holiday for Labour Day here in Japan, we have Labour Thanksgiving in November, although most of us prefer to celebrate on May Day.