I checked and the last time I made an entry about Labor Day was back in September of 2009. The blog was on hiatus before Labor Day came around again in 2010.
I was looking for some vintage holiday traffic pictures online and came across the image you see in today’s special banner. The photo is from the New York City Police Department blog and shows a vintage shot of the Long Island Expressway(Long Island Motor Parkway) in its infancy. It looks pretty good with the OTRWD chevron, dontcha think?
Also, while trying to find appropriate photos for the Labor Day holiday, I found the iconic “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” photo taken on September 20, 1932, high above New York City, on the RCA Building– under construction at the time. The photo was taken by Charles C. Ebbets. I used that photo as a cover photo for the On The Road With Dave Facebook Page.
After I saw the photo, I was reminded that I had recently seen a photograph of Ebbets taken by another photographer at the same “shoot” while Charles Ebbets was setting up shots for the famous photograph.
I think these two photographs symbolize why we celebrate Labor Day in the first place. We celebrate all workers, all laborers –who sacrifice time, effort and passion to build; to create; and to contribute to our society. Unfortunately in our history, workers have not always enjoyed the advantages, we take for granted. Safe working conditions; 40-hour work weeks or “overtime” pay for hours in excess of 40; two days off; nondiscrimination laws; guarantees for hourly wages that cannot fall below a certain amount; (Minimum Wage Laws) are all in part, due to labor organizations and workers uniting to provide themselves and future generations the ability to work and provide for themselves, their families, and our society.
That’s why we celebrate Labor Day.
Today, I leave you with three “Labor Day Thoughts” .
“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
And finally a thought from that very entry that last appeared way back in 2009.
“All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”
HAPPY LABOR DAY!
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