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Guide to the Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island Photographs PHOTOS 013

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Collection processed by Mary Allison Farley, 1988; Erika Gottfried, 2003.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 31, 2018
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island
Title: Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1938-1981, (Bulk 1957-1970)
Dates [bulk]: 1957-1970
Abstract: The Central Union Label Council of New York City (later the Union Label and Services Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island) was founded to promote union-labeled goods and union-made products, through lobbying, service and publicity. Chartered by the Union Label Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor in 1911, in its early years the Council established and ran a department store stocked with union-made products. By the 1950s, promotion took the form of mounting annual labor-management trade shows, "Miss Union Maid" beauty contests, sponsoring a weekly labor press radio program, and other public relations efforts. The collection consists of ca. 3,800 images that span the late 1930s through the early 1980s, with the bulk from 1957-1970. The majority are 8x10 black and white copy prints shot by a variety of commercial photographers. More than half document annual conventions of the New York State Union Label Trades and the conventions' associated activities. Prints of special historic interest include images of the 1938 Union Label Week parade in New York City; a mass rally at Madison Square Garden opposing the Taft-Hartley Act, and comely young women used to advertise the Council's agenda.
Quantity: 3.25 Linear Feet (ca. 3,800 items; 148 folders), 8x10; b&w.
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 013

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Historical/Biographical Note

In 1911, the Union Label Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor chartered the Central Union Label Council of New York City. Like its parent body, which had been established by Samuel Gompers in 1909, the New York City Label Council was dedicated to "a more systematic and thorough agitation and demand for union-made and particularly union label products, and for the patronage of union organizations issuing them." In 1916, the Council sold stock to establish a department store of union label products, which it then ran and stocked. After World War II, the increasing number of retail stores carrying union-made products greatly increased, prompting the Council to close its store in 1947.

The Label Council, and later its state counterpart, focused on lobbying, service and publicity, all in the interest of union-labeled goods produced by members of craft unions. Although separate central bodies existed in Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1911, the Central Union Label Council, headquartered in Brooklyn in its own building at 902-4 Broadway, bridged the boroughs. Charles Sinnigen, a member of the Electrotypers Local 100, served as the Council's Secretary. In 1935, the Union Label Trades and Services Department of the AFL chartered a Union Label Trades and Services Department for the state of New York. The organization moved to Bible House, where Charles Sinnigen directed both the city and the state organization as Secretary-Treasurer. The state organization called conventions annually and published the Union Label News.

After Sinnigen's death in 1949, Harry Avrutin, formerly an organizer for the Office and Professional Employees International Union, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Union Label and Services Trades Council of Greater New York. Placing greater emphasis on publicity tactics, Avrutin published annual buyers' guides to union-made products, mounted labor-management trade shows during "Union Label Week" (the first week of September), staged a"Miss Union Maid" beauty contest, sponsored a weekly Labor Press radio program, and engaged in other public relations efforts designed to promote union labor and products, and, increasingly, to encourage unionized business to remain in the metropolitan area. In 1959, the New York Council expanded its jurisdiction to Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection is 8x10 black and white copy prints. The images were shot by a variety of commercial photographers, but Alexander Archer and his studio are particularly well-represented. There is some overlap between the contents of the images in the different topical series.

More than half the images in the collection document the annual conventions of the New York State Union Label Trades and the conventions' associated activities, including an annual trade show of products and services produced in union shops (variously known as the Labor-Management Show, Empire State Labor-Management Show, Labor and Management Exhibit, Union Industry Show, and Union Label Exhibit), Union Label Week, and a Miss Union Maid contest. (Photocopied) clippings from scrapbooks of newsprint material provide additional background material on the conventions and activities sponsored by the Council. The convention shots focus on displays of union-made goods, of portraits of Council leadership, and the Miss Union Maid contestants and winners. Miss Union Maid and other women union members are shown in decorative poses, and modeling furs and stockings (and in one instance, a long rope of frankfurters around the neck). Also shown are performances (some of them colorful) at the trade show--from trick dogs and sheep-shearing (the latter with Governor Nelson Rockefeller in attendance), to live music with chanteuses.

Several prints are of special historic interest. These include images of the 1938 Union Label Week parade in New York City; a mass rally at Madison Square Garden with placards urging the President to "Veto the Taft-Hartley Slave Labor Bill"; the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountant Union of the AFL staging a comical demonstration (in the 1930s) to organize office workers ("You have nothing to lose - organize," proclaim the placards of barrel-clad--and wearing nothing else--picketers); and a Cold War-era comparison of controlled and free enterprise, based on how many hours American workers versus workers in the Soviet Union work to pay for a suit and other commodities ("How Much Ivan Pays/How Much We Pay"). Other highlights include: images of "Little Miss Union Maid," the little girl who was also the Muscular Dystrophy Association "poster child" that year, being welcomed to the 1969 convention; a "Miss Union Label" (ca.1950s) wearing a scanty costume and remarkable headgear and posed perching on the bar of a union establishment (a sign confirms it); and a small series of workplace images ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s of butchers (Butcher's Union Local 174) and glaziers at work, and a bottling plant. Persons specifically pictured include: Harry Avrutin, Isidore Becker, Reverend Phillip A. Carey, Edward Cleary, Bertha J. Diggs, Nicholas Ferrante, Patrick Gorman, Vance Hartke, Reverend Joseph Lamanno, Frank Mercurio, Edward A. Nyegaard, Austin H. Perlow, John Scheier, Charles E. Sinnegan, Sam Talarico, Joseph Tuvim, Leo F. Zeller.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged chronologically and topically.

Organized into 7 series:

Missing Title

  1. I, New York State Convention
  2. II, Annual Labor-Management Show
  3. III, Union Label Week
  4. IV, Miss Union Maid
  5. V, Chronological
  6. VI, Miscellaneous Subjects
  7. VII, Work Sites

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Tuvim, Joseph--Portraits.
  • Talarico, Sam--Portraits.
  • Zeller, Leo F.--Portraits.
  • Avrutin, Harry
  • Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979
  • Sinnegan, Charles E.--Portraits.
  • Scheier, John--Portraits.
  • Cleary, Edward J. (Edward John), 1906-
  • Carey, Phillip A.--Portraits.
  • Becker, Isidore--Portraits.
  • Gorman, Patrick Emmet, 1892-1980
  • Hartke, Vance--Portraits.
  • Diggs, Bertha J.--Portraits.
  • Ferrante, Nicholas--Portraits.
  • Mercurio, Frank--Portraits.
  • Lamanno, (Reverend) Joseph --Portraits.
  • Perlow, Austin H.--Portraits.
  • Nyegaard, Edward A.--Portraits.
  • Archer, Alexander
  • Avrutin, Harry

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • American Federation of Labor. Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union
  • Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island -- |v Pictorial works
  • Santiago Igelesias Educational Society

Subject Topics

  • Beauty contests |v Pictorial works.
  • Congresses and conventions -- New York (State) -- New York -v Pictorial works.
  • Butchers -- New York (State) -- New York -v Portraits.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York -v Pictorial works.
  • Labor unions -x Butchers -- New York (State) -- New York -v Pictorial works.
  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York -v Pictorial works.
  • Gla-iers -- New York (State) -- New York -v Portraits.
  • Labor leaders -- New York (State) -- New York -v Portraits.
  • Labor union meetings -- New York (State) -- New York -v Pictorial works.
  • Disabled persons |v Portraits.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island Photographs; PHOTOS 013; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island Records (Wagner 54); (Photographs 024) (lantern slides with union label emblems).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harry Avrutin on behalf of the Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island in 1986. The accession number associated with this collection is 1986.031.

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Container List

Series I: New York State Annual Convention

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 Union Label Trades and Services Department – NYS Convention, Rochester
1942
Folder: 2 29th Annual Convention (and 3rd Labor-Management Exhibit)
1956
Folder: 3 30th Convention and 5th Labor-Management Show – Clippings
1957
Folder: 4 30th Department Convention, Labor-Management Show
1957
Folder: 5 31st Annual Convention
[1958]
Folder: 6 32nd Annual Convention – Clippings
1959
Folder: 7 32nd Annual Convention, 5th Empire State Labor-Management Show
1959
Folder: 8 33rd Convention, Utica
1960
Folder: 9 34th Convention, Jamestown
1961
Folder: 10 35th Annual Convention – Clippings
1962
Folder: 11 35th Annual Convention, Rochester (#1 of 3 folders)
1962
Folder: 12 35th Annual Convention, Rochester (#2 of 3 folders)
1962
Folder: 13 35th Annual Convention, Rochester (#3 of 3 folders)
1962
Folder: 14 36th Annual Convention, Syracuse
[1963]
Folder: 15 37th Convention, NYC, Statler Hotel
[1964]
Folder: 16 38th Convention, Buffalo
1965
Folder: 17 11th Show Pix/Buffalo
1965
Folder: 18 39th Convention, Utica, NY
[1966]
Folder: 19 40th Convention, Rochester
1967
Folder: 20 41st Convention, Albany, NY, Thruway Motor Inn
1968
Folder: 21 42nd Convention, Syracuse, NY
[1969]
Folder: 22 43rd Convention, Albany
1970
Folder: 23 46th Union Label Convention
1973

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Series II: Annual Labor-Management Show

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 24 Union Label Exhibit (State), Utica
1954
Folder: 25 Union Industry Show, 4th
1957
Folder: 26 8th Annual Labor/Management Show - Clippings
1959
Folder: 27 8th Empire State Labor-Management Exhibit
1962
Folder: 28 Labor-Management Show – Clippings
1963
Folder: 29 9th Empire State Labor-Management Show Exhibit, Statler Hilton, NYC
1963
Folder: 30 9th Labor and Management Exhibit, Syracuse
1963
Folder: 31 Probably Labor and Management Exhibit NYC
1963
Folder: 32 10th Labor-Management Exhibit
1964
Folder: 33 1965 Show – NYC 11th
1965
Folder: 34 12th Annual, Roosevelt Raceway
1966
Folder: 35 1967 Exhibit, PCE Show Promos, Garden City (13th Annual Exhibit)
1967
Folder: 36 13th Labor and Management Exhibit – probably 1967 Labor and Management Exhibit or Planning
1967
Folder: 37 14th Labor and Management Exhibit, Rochester
1968
Folder: 38 15th Labor and Management Exhibit / NYC
1969
Folder: 39 16th Labor and Management Exhibit, Albany
1970
Folder: 40 17th Labor and Management Exhibit
1971
Folder: 41 18th Labor and Management Exhibit
1972
Folder: 42 Labor-Management Show – Clippings
1973
Folder: 43 19th Labor and Management Exhibit
1973

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Series III: Union Label Week

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 44 Union Label Week w/ Mayor Impelliteri at 45 Astor Place
Sep 2, 1951
Folder: 45 Union Label Week, NYC w/ Mayor Wagner
1954
Folder: 46 Union Label Week, incl. NYS governor's and NYC mayor's proclamations
1957
Folder: 47 Union Label Week – Clippings
1959
Folder: 48 Union Label Week
1950s
Folder: 49 Union Label Week
1966
Folder: 50 Union Label Week
1967
Folder: 51 Union Label Week
[1967]
Folder: 52 Union Label Week
1969
Folder: 53 Union Label Week
1970
Folder: 54 Union Label Week
1971
Folder: 55 Union Label Week
1972
Folder: 56 Union Label Week – Rochester
1973
Folder: 57 Union Label Week
1976 , 1974 , undated

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Series IV: Miss Union Maid

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 58 Miss Union Maid Contestants
1959
Folder: 59 Miss Union Maid
undated
Folder: 60 Miss Union Maid [4 x 5 Prints]
undated

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Series V: Chronological

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 61 1910s
1910-1919
Folder: 62 1930s
1930-1939
Folder: 63 1930s ?
[1930-1939]
Folder: 64 Charles Sinnigen
ca.1930-1949
Folder: 65 Early photos w/ C. Sinnigen
1940-1949
Folder: 65.1 1940s
1940-1949
Folder: 66 1940s ?
[1940-1949]
Folder: 67 1950
1950
Folder: 68 1951
1951
Folder: 69 1952
1952
Folder: 70 1953
1953
Folder: 71 1954
1954
Folder: 73 1956
1956
Folder: 74 1957-58
1957-1958
Folder: 75 1958
1958
Folder: 76 1959
1959
Folder: 77 Informational Picket, Department Stores Against Imports, NYC, early 1950s
1950-1955
Folder: 78 1950s ? (1 of 2)
[1950-1959]
Folder: 79 1950s ? (1 of 2)
[1950-1959]
Folder: 80 New York and Long Island Union Label Luncheon – Reverend Phillip A. Carey
1962
Folder: 81 1963
1963
Folder: 82 Union Label Services and Trades – National Convention, 51st Convention/Nat. Union Label Trades and Services Department, NYC
1963
Folder: 83 1964
1964
Folder: 84 1964 – Union Label Award of Merit
1964
Folder: 85 1966
1966
Folder: 86 Greater New York and Long Island Union Label, Fleisher - Award of Merit
1966
Folder: 87 fr. Long Island Union Label Award of Merit
1966-1967
Folder: 88 Rheingold Brewers/ OPEIU '53 Contract Celebration
1966
Folder: 89 1967
1967
Folder: 90 6th – greater New York and Long Island Union Label, Commodore Hotel, NYC, Hickey Perry
Sep 6, 1967
Folder: 91 6th Long Island and NY Union Label Luncheon, Perry, Hickey; Long Island Luncheon Union Label; 2nd Award of Merit
Sep 6, 1967 , Sep 8, 1967
Folder: 92 #1049 Award presentation
Oct 4, 1967
Folder: 93 Expo '67
1967
Folder: 94 1968
1968
Folder: 95 New York and Long Island Union Label Luncheon
1968
Folder: 96 3rd – Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, De Konig, Regnell
1968
Folder: 97 1969
1969
Folder: 98 Pictures from Demonstration Arts Project File
1969 , undated
Folder: 99 8th – Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, Commodore Hotel, NYC. R. Booth, J. Townsend – Awards
Sep 10, 1969
Folder: 100 1960s ?
[1960]
Folder: 101 1970
1970
Folder: 102 9th – Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, NYC
Sep 9, 1970
Folder: 103 Long Island Union Label, Garden City, Long Island Epstein, Favale
Sep 11, 1970
Folder: 104 1971
1971
Folder: 105 Labor Journalism Award
1971
Folder: 106 60th Anniversary Dinner/1971, Greater New York and Long Island Union Label
1971
Folder: 107 1972
1972
Folder: 108 Award of Merit Dinner, Arthur L. Harckham, recipient
1972
Folder: 109 10th Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, Commodore Hotel, NYC. Hect, Glick
Sep 13, 1972
Folder: 110 6th – Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, Hempstead, Long Island. Caso, Gamaldi.
Sep 22, 1972
Folder: 111 1973
1973 , Sep 19, 1973
Folder: 112 Farah – Trip to El Paso
Sep 1, 1973
Folder: 113 Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, Commodore Hotel, NYC , Local 100, TWU
Sep 9, 1973
Folder: 114 1974
1974
Folder: 115 Austin Perlow – Retirement Party
1974
Folder: 116 Conference at UIIC, 6/17/74 by Upholsterers' Association of Met. District
17-Jun
Folder: 117 Greater NY and Long Island Union Label, Commodore Hotel, NYC
Sep 25, 1974
Folder: 118 1975
1975
Folder: 119 Union Label Pace at Roosevelt, Patrick J. Gleason Award of Merit
Apr 2, 1975
Folder: 120 13th Greater NY Union Label Luncheon
1975
Folder: 121 1976
1976
Folder: 122 NYC AFL-CIO Convention
1976
Folder: 123 NYS UNION LABEL TRADES AND SERVICES DEPARTMENT Union Label Pace at Roosevelt, F. Tooze, C. Hopple/ Awards of Merit
Jan 21, 1976
Folder: 124 Reception for Sam Talarico/ Earl D. McDavid, Talarico Leaving
Sep 27, 1976
Folder: 125 1970s ? (1 of 2 )
[1970-1979]
Folder: 126 1970s ? (2 of 2)
[1970-1979]

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Series VI: Miscellaneous Subjects

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 127 fr. Burker-Hartke Rally Folder
undated
Folder: 128 Concert
undated
Folder: 129 Consumer Assembly
undated
Folder: 130 Demonstration Against Imports – Alexander's
undated
Folder: 131 Grape Boycott
undated
Folder: 132 Labor Day Parade
1968
Folder: 133 Labor Day Parade (NPA95-18)
1959-1961
Folder: 134 Labor Day Parade (NPA95-18)
1981-1983
Folder: 135 John Baer cartoon
undated
Folder: 136 Portraits
undated
Folder: 137 Lil' Miss Union Maid, Pete the Pup
undated
Folder: 138 Montages – Misc. (pics, reprints)
undated
Folder: 139 Farah Boycott – Adopt a Family
undated
Folder: 140 Rupperts Luncheon
undated
Folder: 141 Santiago Iglesias Educational Society
undated
Folder: 142 UUC (Union Industries Information Center)
undated
Folder: 143 UUC Pix, NCR
undated
Folder: 144 The Union Shopper
undated

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Series VII: Worksites

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 145 Bottling Assembly Line
undated
Folder: 146 Glazier Series, for Industrial Bulletin Article
1968
Folder: 147 Hotel ? Cooks and Wait Staff
undated
Folder: 148 Meat packing plant work shots
undated

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