We love Labor Day because it is a time to celebrate Americans’ hard work and ingenuity. Labor activists in the 19th century pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the workers. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday to honor working men and women.
In honor of Labor Day we wanted to look at some artistic and very collectible signs that advertise American industry. Some show views of imposing factory buildings that give a sense of where we’ve been and our industrial past. Some may or may not still be standing. As we prepare for Labor Day and a three-day weekend, let’s remember and be grateful for the contributions of all American workers.
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