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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Strike Lounge: 1937

Strike Lounge: 1937

January 1937. Flint, Michigan. "Sit-down strikers. Fisher Body plant No. 3." The labor action that led to the unionization of the American auto industry. Note the "sleeping car" at right. Photo by Sheldon Dick. View full size.

 

Music to strike by

I believe that is a gramaphone between the table abd the Tic Tac Tow car. Not to mentiion a large stack of platters on the table.

[It's a radio-phonograph console. -tterrace]

Fisher 3?

I believe that this terrific photo was made inside Fisher 1 on Saginaw Street. Flint had two Fisher Body plants, Fisher 1 and 2. Most of the strike activities in Flint took place at Fisher 1 and 2 with strikes also taking place at Cleveland, KC and Atlanta.

Now I know

why my Uncles 1936 car came with no back seat.

One for the history books, literally

My U.S. History class in high school used this image when discussing the changes in labor laws in the early 20th century. Cool to see it again!

Spiffy bunch

Love the relaxing accommodations... bench seats all around! But saddle shoes and brogans on the assembly line -- what's up with that? Seems nobody's really expecting the work to get too hard or too dirty, strike notwithstanding.

Home decor requisites

I simply must get a blanket rope and ashtray installed on the back of my sofa!

 
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