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When I read about the origins of Labor Day I started to feel that it’s such a shame that the holiday had devolved into just an excuse to go shopping and do some last-minute outdoor summer activity before fall kicks in. We really should think about the men and women who literally risked their lives and livelihoods so the workers can enjoy such benefits as being able to take weekends off. Especially in this day and age when there seems to be a trend towards going back to the way things used to be during the Industrial Revolution where workers were essentially expendable and they frequently weren’t even looked upon as human beings.

It was this attitude that resulted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. I was at the original site of that fire in New York City back in 2011, just a few days after the observance of the 100th anniversary of that tragedy. The original building still stands but it’s now known as the Brown Building and it’s part of the New York University campus.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

You can look at other pictures I took in New York City on the same day right here.

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