United Food & Commercial Workers International Union / International Association of Machinists. Ca. 1940s?
TWO ITEMS in this lot: 1. Stand-up color sign (appears to be plastic with cardboard stand attached to verso) 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. Sign is faded with overall spotting, 1 1/2 inch split at lower left corner. Logo with scissors and comb at lower left identifies this with the "Barbers and Cosmetologists Division." The Property of and Issued By The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. AFL - CIO - CLC. An uncommon item harking back to an era of greater trade union influence and popularity in the United States. 2. Machinists Monthly Journal. 1946-1947. [FOUR ISSUES OF VINTAGE MAGAZINE]. International Association of Machinists. Washington, D.C. 1946-1947. Essex County, NJ. FOUR ISSUES of the "Official Organ" of the International Association of Machinists: May 1946 (58th anniversary edition) and February - April 1947. Color pictorial wrappers as issued, illustrated in black and white and limited color, approx 35 pages, 12 x 9 inches. Vertical subscription crease to two issues, 2 1/4 inch mailing labels to front cover of one issue and back covers of three issues, 4 inch strip torn down back cover and last few pages of March 1947 issue (still attached; no paper loss), general light wear to cover extremities. February 1947 issue has 3/4 inch tear to top edge throughout magazine; interiors in good clean condition overall. Fascinating insight into the postwar workings of a major union (now called the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) shortly before the Taft Hartley Act was passed. Includes articles on national and world events and new technology, accompanied by many cartoons. The politics are, unsurprisingly, internationalist: one opinion piece titled "Tainted Textbooks" declares that "The demobilization of the mind is just as necessary as the demobilization of Nazi and Japanese armed forces, if we are going to build a United Nations which is really to be united. One fundamental reason why we are fumbling with world cooperation is that the present generation has been miseducated by its own nationalist textbooks. Each national group has written its own interpretation of past history....in its own history, every nation is the Herrenvolk." (Herrenvolk democracy is a system of government in which only the majority ethnic group participates in government, while minority groups are disenfranchised. Wikipedia). Interesting article about John Lucian Savage designer of dams such as Boulder Dam, with a proposed Yangtze River Dam for China. Item #56313