Lest We Forget – For Labor Day

While the Vanderbilt ladies were vying for the title of Best Hostess in Newport, this is what the captains of industry were doing to the rest of us.   Lest we forget

“Coal breaker” boys at the Pennsylvania Coal Company.  Their job was to break larger pieces of coal into smaller useful sizes.  An “overseer” usually stood over the boys to keep them working.  The coal dust was so thick it was liking working in a constant fog.

Boys pushing coal cars out of the mine.

Railroad boys

A girl selling radishes

An African American “newsie” selling papers.  The headline reads “Millionaire Tax Rends GOP!”  Nothing much has changed.

Two girls wearing banners with slogan “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!!” in English and Yiddish, one carrying American flag.   May 1, 1909.

Meanwhile back in Newport the Captains of Industry were spending the “season” at their Summer “cottages.”

The capitalists still employ children – there are children in Bangladesh making your shirts and blouses right now.


And they would do it to workers here – and are trying their best. All that damn “gummit” regulation! 


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to Lest We Forget – For Labor Day

  1. beetleypete says:

    Child labour. Shameful indeed.
    An even bigger shame is that it continues to this day.
    Nice work, Frank, and well done indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. This makes me want to cry! I don’t understand why we have no problem allowing this to continue except that we like cheap products and so the children in Bangladesh can just get on with it.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Liked by 1 person

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