What a fabulous idea for a strike—go out wearing what you make. Of course, this would hardly work in every profession, but it makes a strong statement for these corset makers in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). Unfortunately there is no information about where the strike took place or if it was successful.
The youngest and shapeliest workers are out in front in this photo, but it is worth taking a closer look at the older, rounder workers in back. Although I know statistics tell us that Americans are getting bigger all the time, these historic photos remind us that not everyone was svelte eight decades ago.