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1 of May, 2013

The New “FUTURISTE” Shade Combinations for Spring 1913!

Courtesy of the National Silk Dyeing Co. of Paterson, NJ.

That very spring, one century ago, workers in the silk mills of Paterson, New Jersey – “Silk City,” with its 300 mills – were in the midst of a six month-long work stoppage in an effort to maintain decent working conditions, as skilled artisans were being priced out by new textile technologies, and forced to operate multiple looms. While the strike was ultimately unsuccessful, it was a model for organized labor, unifying disparate groups with varied interests, and was an interesting chapter in American labor history.

Happy May Day.

(Source: library.si.edu)

Posted 1 year ago
Tags:  #silk  #dye samples  #dibner library  #International Workers' Day  #Paterson NJ  #strike  #labor history

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