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Five original amateur black-and-white photographs of the so-called "Battle of Toledo," during the Toledo Auto-Lite Strike of 1934
, 1934. 1934. Rare vernacular views of one of the key disputes in American labor history. The Toledo Auto-Lite Strike (April-June, 1934) marked a key victory for the American Federation of Labor and led to widespread unionization in the auto industry. It was also one of the bloodiest labor diputes of the 20th century, culminating in the "Battle of Toledo" on May 23-25, during which more than 5,000 picketers confronted company strikebreakers and Ohio National Guardsmen; by the time the melée ended, two strikers had been shot to death, another 15 wounded by bullets, and dozens of strikebreakers had received injuries in hand-to-hand combat and from hurled rocks, bricks, and debris. The Auto-Lite plant received extensive damage, and many automobiles were overturned by strikers and set afire. The current group of images records the aftermath of these violent incidents. The photographs show the extensive destruction to the Auto-Lite plant building, with many windows broken out, piles of broken bricks heaped against curbs, overturned vehicles and twisted barricades piled in the street. In several of the images National Guardsmen can be seen milling in the background; in one, a group of soldiers and company men occupies the foreground, with one soldier crouched at the ready behind a Browning machine gun. None of these images appears to have been previously published; they are almost certainly the work of either a strikebreaker or a company representative, as the close proximity of the photographer to National Guard troops and company men makes it seem very unlikely that (s)he was a picketer. Five original (vintage) b/w photographs on glossy photographic paper. Each image 11cm x 8cm (4-1/4" x 3-1/2") or the reverse. Each captioned identically in the same hand, in blue ink, on verso: "Electric Auto-lite Strike / Toledo, Ohio / 1934." Images well-printed, with good contrast; minimal fading; images clean on rectos and versos; Near Fine.
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