A bit of social history
The first decade of the twentieth century saw the rise of militant labour unions working for improvements in working conditions.
The Singer Company was characterised by a 'closed door' 'tight lipped' security about its affairs. It refused to recognise labour unions, even when 11000 workers went on strike at Clydebank in April 1913.
The picture shows a postcard of the then newly completed Singer building, issued by the New York Typographical Union No. 6. It was posted in New York on 17th February 1908 a few weeks after the Singer building was opened. The front of the card has been overprinted with a request 'not to purchase these magazines .......... or these dress patterns: Butterick, Standard and New Idea as they have locked out their printers for requesting the eight hour workday.'
Does anyone know how long the dispute lasted? At the time, Elizabethport worked a 58 1⁄2 hour week over 6 days!