Happy Labor Day. There was a time when Labor Day actually celebrated the American worker. Now it’s all about making people work at Labor Day sales. Hopefully some of you proles are enjoying a well-earned day of rest.

Here’s an illustration of the first Labor Day parade in 1882 held in New York City, back when parades were a thing. There are some interesting signs in there.

ABOLISH CONVICT LABOR

AGITATE / EDUCATE / ORGANIZE

PAY NO RENT

LABOR CREATES ALL WEALTH

WHO STOLE THE TENEMENT HOUSE REFORM BILL (Context)

ALL MEN ARE BORN EQUAL

THE TRUE REMEDY IS ORGANISATION & THE BALLOT

LABOR PAYS ALL TAXES

Now go buy something.