Labor Day: Kingsporters at Work

The library will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

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Employee of the Kingsport Press, 1963. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

According to the United States Department of Labor’s website “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Employees of Blur Ridge Glass Corp., 1952. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of Blue Ridge Glass Corp., 1952. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

Labor Day has been celebrated in the United States for over 125 years, with the first celebration being held on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

Employees of the Kingsport Foundry, 1948. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of the Kingsport Foundry, 1948. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

In celebration of the upcoming Labor Day enjoy these images of Kingsporters at work!

Employees of Foremost Dairies, 1947. Phot by Tho,as McNeer, Jr.
Employees of Foremost Dairies, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of Borden Mills, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of Borden Mills, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of the Doughboy Bottling Plant, 1946. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.
Employees of the Doughboy Bottling Plant, 1946. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

Employee of Pet Dairy Products Company, undated. Photo by Carl Swann.
Employee of Pet Dairy Products Company, undated. Photo by Carl Swann.

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