Labor Ladies of Local 735

The “Life in America” photographer was there to capture an AFL-CIO Local 735 strikers’ protest against Crest Leather – and the protesters had a variety of means by which to draw attention to the strike:

Getting ready to march. Notice that the onlookers are positively chuffed as the woman with her back to us disrobes.
An effective protest sign – although the newspaper blocking the woman’s face from the sun creates the impression that she is wearing a Carnival mask.
A somewhat more rally sign. Clearly, people were using “reductio ad Hitlerum” arguments even long before I was born.
I’m sure this woman (from the first image) got plenty of attention from passersby, though I wonder how much of it was directed at the sign she was hoisting…

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