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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

International Workers' Day - 14 historic posters



Today, May 1st, is International Workers' Day, a celebration of working class solidarity and militancy around the world.


A holiday in many countries, May Day is a proud tradition that spans more than a hundred years, May Day was originally meant to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886.


Despite its partial US origins, May Day, of course, is not a holiday in the United States, nor is it one in Canada -- a fact that one day must be changed!


Every May Day, leftist and labour groups, parties, unions and movements hold rallies and parades to mark the day.


Here are 14 terrific, historic May Day posters from a variety of countries.


Happy International Workers' Day!


Workers of the World Unite!


KPD, Germany 1929


Mexico, 1947



Soviet Russia, 1921



USSR 1920s


May 1st. Long Live the Holiday of the Working People of All Countries! - Soviet Russia, 1920


Australia 1942



Palestine 1980s


Mexico 1940s



France, 1936


Long Live May 1st! , Lithuanian SSR



Long Live May Day!- Lithuanian SSR, c. 1965


1 May - Czechoslovak Socialist Republic IWD Poster c. 1975



May 1, Everyone with Fidel at the Plaza de la Revolucion - Cuba, 1965



Australia, 2016

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