LABOUR DAYS: Glimpses of the History of Labour in Ontario

September 1, 2011 | Kathryn

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September 5th will be celebrated as Labour Day across Canada.  To commemorate this national holiday, the Special Collections Centre has arranged an exhibit of photographs and printed ephemera related to Ontario's labour history. Here's a sampling from the exhibit which can be viewed on the 4th floor of the Toronto Reference Library until the end of the month.


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                     Labour Day parade along Queen St West near Givins St., 1905


1931_Canadian Labor
    Notice for a Depression-era demonstration to protest the arrest of Communist

                                                             and labour leaders


1897_Labor Day
                     Ribbon worn by marchers in the Labour Day parade in 1897


      Ticket to the annual supper of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, 



 Early Ontario labour history is a special focus of the ephemera collection and donations of materials like the ones featured here are welcomed by Special Collections.