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Welcome - 7th Biennial Convention of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Grand International Auxiliary, Memphis Tennessee, May 1906
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Welcome - 7th Biennial Convention of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Grand International Auxiliary, Memphis Tennessee, May 1906

By [LABOR - RAILWAY WORKERS]

[Memphis]: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 1906. First Edition. Ephemera. Small oblong octavo (8-3/4" x 9-3/4", ca 22x25cm); staple bound pictorial paper wrappers; [8]pp. Vertical fold; light wear; Very Good. Official program for the B of LE's 6th convention. Features a page of inset portraits of the union's Officers and order of ceremonies, which included speeches by Stuyvesant Fish, President of the Illinois Central Railroad; John I. Cox, Governor of Tennessee; A.J. Davidson, President of the Frisco Railroad, as well as musical entertainments by The Euterpean Chorus and the Hudson Orchestra ("...composed of an engineer and his family...this is the first convention a resident engineer's family furnished the orchestra."). With an attractive lithographed cover illustration featuring inset portraits of the keynote speakers.

$75.00

Report on the Chicago Strike of June-July, 1894 ... With appendices containing testimony, proceedings, and recommendations
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Report on the Chicago Strike of June-July, 1894 ... With appendices containing testimony, proceedings, and recommendations

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] UNITED STATES STRIKE COMMISSION

Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. A massive and detailed report of the Pullman Strike, which began May 11, 1894, and ended unsuccessfully on July 20. Members of the Eugene V. Debs-led American Railway Union, at the time the largest labor union in the country, and workers at the Pullman Company, who had suffered wage cuts as a result of the 1893 recession, organized a Pullman boycott in which members of the ARU refused to drive trains with Pullman cars, leading to a nation-wide hault in freight and passenger traffic. The strike turned violent when 12,000 American troops arrived in the city, leading to 30 deaths and 57 injuries, all suffered by members of the strike. Debs and the Union would eventually be charged with the obstruction of the United States mail, a sentence from which the ARU never recovered. Thick octavo (22.5cm.); publisher's tan cloth, spine stamped in black and gilt; liv,681pp. Boards rather rubbed along extremities, cloth quite darkened, especially at spine, spine lettering quite flaked, crease to pp. 62/3 with long clean splitting though leaf remains complete, small dampstain at bottom fore-edge corner of preliminaries. A Good or better copy overall, internally near fine.

$150.00

Original Hand-Colored Lithograph Certificate with Photographic and Calligraphic Additions
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Original Hand-Colored Lithograph Certificate with Photographic and Calligraphic Additions

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] ORDER OF RAILWAY CONDUCTORS

Pottsville, PA: Order of Railway Conductors, 1910. Initiation certificate to ORC member William A. Nye of the Pottsville Division No. 416, P&R Ry. (Philadelphia & Reading Railway), Caboose No. 90073, dated July 10, 1910. The head of the certificate shows a lovely red engine steaming past a grassy field, over which is mounted Nye's photographic portrait, though the largest portion of the piece is devoted to an oversized symbol of the ORC, a large circle (23cm in diameter) divided into three equal parts, depicting an arm with a coupling, an arm with a lantern and whistle, and an arm entwined with a snake-like chain. Original lithograph certificate (57.75x35.75cm.) printed in black on heavy cream stock, accomplished in calligraphic manuscript and hand-colored, with mounted original albumen photographic portrait lozenge (8cm in diameter). Stock has suffered some fairly heavy frame burn to extremities and verso (blank), along with some brief glue residue and paper flaws from where the stock was previously mounted (not affecting image or text). Still, overall Very Good, the colors and photograph vibrant.

$750.00

Original Hand-Colored Lithograph Certificate with Photographic and Calligraphic Additions
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Original Hand-Colored Lithograph Certificate with Photographic and Calligraphic Additions

By [ORGANIZED LABOR] BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN

Reading, PA: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1910. Initiation certificate to BRT member William Walter Spatz of the William Penn, 172, in Reading, PA. The head of the certificate shows an engine steaming past a grassy field (the engine only partly hand-colored red), over which is mounted Spatz's photographic portrait. Original lithograph certificate (57x35.5cm.) glued to mount (63.5x35.5), certificate printed in black on heavy cream stock, accomplished in calligraphic manuscript and hand-colored, with mounted original silver gelatin photographic portrait lozenge (7.5cm in diameter). Some light toning along extremities, verso (blank) suffering from frame burn, else Very Good and sound.

$650.00

To all persons employed upon The Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad [...]
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To all persons employed upon The Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad [...]

By [LABOR - RAILWAY WORKERS - STRIKE-BREAKING] PERKINS, C.E. [Charles Elliott]

Chicago: By the Company, 1888. Ephemera. A broadside missive by Charles Elliott Perkins, President of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, issued at the conclusion of the momentous 1888 Burlington Strike, one of the bloodiest labor actions up to the time and one which set a pattern for the strike-breaking industry for years to come, as the company efffectively quashed the unions through a combination of brute force (mostly at the hands of Pinkerton agents), government complicity, and scab workers, who the company shipped in from all over the country. After the hiring of replacement workers, all participants in the strike were summarily fired. The letter thanks all loyal employees who "exerted yourselves so zealously during the late strike" and praises "...the loyal feeling and devotion to duty which prompted the course you have so well taken." Then, remarkably, Perkins goes on to write, "...for the men who have come into our family we ask especial consideration until they shall have become fully acquainted with their new surroundings, and it should be understood by all that these men are here to stay with us, and to become part of us, so far as they shall prove to be of good character and competent to perform their duties. Whatever sympathy and kind feeling may exist among us toward many of those who voluntarily broke off their relations with us on February 27th, we must not be led to forget our obligation to see that complete justice is done to every new man in the service" [italics ours]. We can only speculate as to the means by which the circular was distributed. We find a single reference in the historical literature; it is quoted in full in The Railroad Conductor's Monthly for May, 1888, with the laconic introduction "The following circular is in the hands of all C,B&Q employees and speaks for itself." Copies would have presumably been included in employee pay packets (perhaps explaining the multiple folds on our copy); others may have been posted publicly. There is no mention of the letter in the one standard contemporary account of the strike (John A. Hall, The Great Strike on the "Q", Chi: 1889), nor do we find any reference to it in the trade or in institutional collections. A significant, unrecorded primary document from the first heroic age of American labor. Circular, printed recto-only on laid paper; single10" x 16" sheet folded to create a 10" x 8" bifolium (as issued?). Text in two columns above author's signature. Old vertical and horizontal folds; some soiling to sheet recto and verso; still a complete, Good copy and an extraordinary survival.

$300.00

The City's Danger and Defense. Or, Issues and Results of the Strikes of 1877, Containing the Origin and History of the Scranton City Guard
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The City's Danger and Defense. Or, Issues and Results of the Strikes of 1877, Containing the Origin and History of the Scranton City Guard

By [ORGANIZED LABOR & IWW] LOGAN, Samuel C.

Scranton: [Samuel C. Logan], 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (22.5cm.); original decorative tan cloth embossed in gilt, floral endpapers; viii,355pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece inscribed and signed in facsimile, 9 leaves of photographic illustrations, maps in text. Very slightly ex-Lacka. Historical Society with their ownership rubberstamp to front flyleaf and tiny paper remnent at spine foot, some wear to extremities with brief exposure at corners, shallow loss at spine crown, else Near Very Good. History of Scranton after the local events of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, during which a group of more than 200 vigilantes fired on a crowd of unarmed striking miners, killing three and leading to the city's being placed under martial law.

$150.00

The Railwaymen's Union of the U.S.S.R. and Railway Transport to the 10th Anniversary of the October Revolution
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The Railwaymen's Union of the U.S.S.R. and Railway Transport to the 10th Anniversary of the October Revolution

By [SOVIET UNION]]

Moscow: Central Committeeof the U.S.S.R. Railwaymen's Union, 1928. First American Edition. Pamphlet. 12mo. Printed card wrappers; 96pp; illus. Text rather darkened, with a bit of brittleness at margins; still a tight, complete copy, Good or better.

$45.00

Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook of Railroad Information
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Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook of Railroad Information

By RUSSELL, Charles Edward

Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, [1922]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in white dust jacket printed in dark blue; 332pp. Jacket toned, extremities rather chipped and worn with a number of closed tears, spine crown partially separated but present. Near Fine in About Very Good jacket. Criticism of the railroad companies by the Socialist co-founded of the NAACP.

$25.00

The Emperor Jones [Limited Edition, Signed]
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The Emperor Jones [Limited Edition, Signed]

By O'NEILL, Eugene; Alexander King, illus

New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First Thus. Hardcover. Limited to 775 copies of which this is no. 760. Large octavo (26.5cm.); original cloth-backed decorative boards in grey pictorial dust jacket, black paper-covered slipcase with yellow printed wrap-around label; 90pp.; 8 color plates. Jacket spine rather toned, verly small pieces of tape repair to jacket verso, else Near Fine in Very Good or better jacket; slipcase rather worn, yellow label unevenly toned, else About Very Good. Signed by O'Neill on colophon. ATKINSON A15-V-I.

$450.00

Caleb Conover, Railroader
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Caleb Conover, Railroader

By TERHUNE, Albert Payson; Frank Parker, illus

New York: Authors and Newspapers Association, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. "Story of a western railroad baron turned political boss" - HANNA 3485; SMITH T-116. Octavo (19.25cm.); original olive gilt-lettered cloth; 322pp.; color frontispiece, 4 leaves of plates, including three in color and one in facsimile. Light shelf wear, spine gilt quite dulled, small loss at bottom edge of pp. 317/8 from hastily opened page, not approaching text, else Very Good and sound. "Notice to Purchaser" slip bound in before front free endpaper. Printed on title page: "Thos. A. Carten Special Edition, For sale exclusively by us in Ionia, Mich."

$25.00

Random Rhymes and Rhapsodies of the Rail
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Random Rhymes and Rhapsodies of the Rail

By MAGUIRE, Shandy [pseud. Patrick Fennell]

Cleveland: Cleveland Printing Co., Imperial Press, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's red gilt-lettered cloth; [6],412pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece. Boards rubbed along extremities, mostly at corners, front hinge cracked but holding, contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper; Very Good overall. Second published collection of labor song-poems by the Irish-born American railroad worker Patrick Fennell.

$50.00

Grubstake: A Story of Early Mining Days in Nevada Time--1874
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Grubstake: A Story of Early Mining Days in Nevada Time--1874

By REQUA, Mark L.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket stamped in black, gilt, and silver, dark grey topstain; [8],360pp. Jacket extremities rubbed and worn with some shallow chipping, the whole uniformly dust-soiled, spine gilt darkened, else Near Fine in About Very Good jacket. Novel about the Old West authored by Mark Lawrence Requa, owner of two large copper mines in Nevada and president of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad Company.

$35.00

American Labor Struggles
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American Labor Struggles

By YELLEN, Samuel

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1936]. First Edition. Hardcover. Thick octavo (22cm.); original cloth in decorative dust jacket; xviii,398pp.; 8 leaves of plates, additional text illus. throughout. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, spine toned with a couple of faint blue pencil lines, tiny loss to spine foot, 1-inch closed tear to bottom edge of rear panel; still, Fine in a Very Good copy of the rather scarce jacket. Covers "ten great struggles," including the Haymarket bombing of 1887, the Pullman strike of 1894, and the Lawrence strike of 1912. SEIDMAN Y7.

$40.00

Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937
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Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937

By CHITI, Juan B. and Francisco Agnelli

Buenos Aires: Casa Social Victoria 1928-38, 1937. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 575pp. Text paper browned but not fragile; still a clean, tight VG copy, remarkably well-preserved given the cheap components of manufacture. Jubilee Anniversary volume for the Argentinian Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. Illustrated throughout with portraits and halftone illustrations. OCLC notes only the 2012 reprint.

$150.00

History of a Ring [cover title]
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History of a Ring [cover title]

By "BY ONE OF THE GOVERNOR'S WARDS"

Portland, ME: Berry Printer, 1877. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (23cm.); original pictorial stitched self-wrappers; 13pp. Wrappers rather brittle with a few tiny shallow losses, else Very Goood. Satirical fable regarding the railroad industry. WILLIAMSON (Maine) I 835.

$50.00

Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]
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Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]

By NATIONAL NEGRO LABOR COUNCIL

[Detroit: National Negro Labor Council, 1954]. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (20.75cm.); original grey pictorial staplebound wrappers; 23pp.; illus., text in double column. Fine. Criticism of the railroad industry and the railroad brotherhoods for discrimination against African-American workers. SEIDMAN N44.

$20.00

Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]
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Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]

By MOON, Terry and Ron Brokmeyer

Detroit: News & Letters Publication, 1977. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (21.5cm.); original tan pictorial staplebound wrappers; 50pp.; illus. Fine. "A News & Letters Pamphlet." History of the St. Louis General Strike of 1877.

$25.00

The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914
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The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914

By BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN; D.L. Cease, ed

Cleveland: Britton Printing Company, 1914. First Edition. Complete run for the year 1914 of a monthly published by the Brotherhood. Articles include Arthur Brisbane's "Female Labor and Minimum Wage"; Knud Benson's "The Panama Railroad"; R.H. Newcomb's "American Railroad Company, Porto Rico"; and countless articles on safety and child labor. Poetry and fiction also present. Large, thick octavo (24cm.); original full sheep, red and black morocco gilt spine labels, all edges marbled, floral endpapers; [6],1134pp.; illus., text in double column. Some peeling and cracking to leather, extremities scuffed; textblock fine. About Very Good.

$200.00

The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture
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The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture

By [ROOSEVELT, Theodore] MURRAY, F. Alister

N.p. [Chicago?]: by the Author, 1907. First Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet. Original printed card wrappers; 39pp. Just mild external wear; Very Good to Near Fine. Satire, in Biblical language, of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rail Trust, including thinly-veiled depictions of Morgan, Rockefeller, Landis, etc.

$40.00

Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr)
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Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr)

By [SOCIALISM] KARSNER, David

New York: New York Call, 1922. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (18cm). Pale blue ribbed cloth with paper spine and cover labels; dustjacket; 221pp; frontis. portr. Tight, Near Fine copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper with brief loss at crown and closed tear at base of spine; Very Good. Uncommon in jacket.

$175.00

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