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1933 Press Photo Chicago Dairymen Strike

1933 Press Photo Chicago Dairymen Strike


In 1933 the price of milk became the motivation for a strike in the Chicago area.

The Decatur Illinois paper wrote on Sept. 14, 1933, “Prospects of 11-cent milk for Chicago and a continuation of the strike of independent producers were in store for Chicago Thursday. Following an announcement Wednesday night by the Pure Milk association that an increase of one cent a quart would be sought, with the added profits all to go to the farmers, E.L. Bost, Harvard, Ill., leader of the insurgents said the strike would continue.” and so on.

This photo was taken on Sept. 16, 1933. The cutline attached to the back reads: Illinois Strikers Spill Milk. Striking dairy farmers of the Chicago district spilling milk from one of the non-strikers trucks near Harvard, Ill., where they are operating an effective blockade.”

The back also has two rubber stamped sections: “Ref. Dept. Sep 19 1933 N.E.A.” and “Photo by Acme Newspictures, Inc.” and more.

We found the photo in several newspapers, including the Canyon News (Canyon, Texas), where it ran on Oct. 5, 1933.

Condition: Excellent. No folds or tears. Surface is unmarred. Corners are sharp. Tonality is good. There is a small chemical stain at the bottom edge, left side.

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