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Labor Day Parade in 1902

Labor Day 1902 / Strawbery Banke ArchiveStrawbery Banke Presents

Portsmouth’s first major Labor Day parade drew 15,000 onlookers and close to 2,000 marchers. Here the float of trade union carpenters approaches downtown. Following in the white coats are local barbers. Other groups included longshoremen, coal teamsters, shoemakers, blacksmiths, hod carriers, typographers and brewery workers. There was one mishap when the granite cutters 11-ton display broke through the bridge during its arrival from Kittery.



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Parade at corner of State and Pleasant streets in 1902 / Strawbery Banke Archive

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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BONUS Close-up of Parade Crowd

Parade crowd 1902

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