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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Puddle King: 1914

Puddle King: 1914

David Coxey 2d, the grandson of labor leader Jacob "General" Coxey, who led his "army of the unemployed" on a protest march to Washington in 1914. "Coxey's Army" was, in turn, led by young David and his intrepid mount after an incident in which the mule pulling the General's phaeton refused to cross a puddle until the pony went first. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Re: 1894

The perils of Wikipedia, and uncritical thinking.

Coxey's Second Army

This was the second march headed by General Coxey. It's mentioned in the Wikipedia article but gets far less space. There appear to have been only two "divisions": Coxey's own from Massillon, Ohio, and a second from New York. Apparently Coxey himself expected up to a million men. NYT account of Coxey's efforts in recruiting the New York Division.

1894

According to Wikipedia Coxey's Army marched on Washington in 1894, not 1914. Maybe this little guy was reenacting the famous event or something, because the background is clearly circa 1914. Garbled info here.

[Or maybe garbled reasoning. Coxey and his "army" marched on Washington more than once. - Dave]

His Little Pony

Wow. A great story, and a great photo, too.

 
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