Vintage Photo Wednesday: Labor Day Parades and Celebrations of the Past

Labor Day — and the unofficial end of summer — is nearly upon us. It’s important, in this age of cushy office jobs and whatnot, that the day is meant to celebrate, well, labor. That said, I like old photographs of parades and celebrations, so let’s look at some vintage Labor Day celebrations!

Potato race for children at Labor Day celebration, Ridgway, Colorado
Potato race for children at Labor Day celebration – Ridgway, Colorado (1940)
Civic League marching in the Labor Day Parade, September 5, 1917.
Civic League marching in the Labor Day Parade – Woodville, Wisconsin – September 5, 1917.
Miner at the contests at the Labor Day celebration, Silverton, Colorado. He won the power drilling contest
Miner at the contests at the Labor Day celebration – Silverton, Colorado (1940). He won the power drilling contest.
Units of the American Federation of Labor marching in the Labor Day Parade.
Units of the American Federation of Labor (Amalgamated Fighting Butchers Local 630) marching in the Detroit Labor Day Parade (1938).
Members of the American Federation of Labor marching through the Labor Day Parade.
Members of the American Federation of Labor marching through the Labor Day Parade – San Francisco, CA (1938).

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