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5850 Elizabeth Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
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Click here for a transcription of the original article, published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 5, 1898.

"The most striking feature of the long line was the float of the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. It was built to represent all branches of practical electrical science. Four poles stood at each corner, from whose tops were strung wires. Inside the float were telephone switchboards, bells, arc lamps, a dynamo and dozens of appliances for the use of electricity. The electrical workers are on a strike and their presence in parade was loudly cheered."

NBEW Labor Day Parade Float, 1898

(Photo: IBEW)

The image below ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the week following the parade, September 11, 1898: The float of the National Brotherhood of Electric Workers was one of the prettiest and most novel seen in the Labor Day parade. It was especially designed by a committee of members of the organization. The float was twelve feet long and eight feet wide. At each corner was a telegraph pole. The float was divided into two compartments. In the smaller were electric fans and a complete telephone exchange. In the larger compartment was an electric light station. The float was decorated profusely with flags and bunting.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 11, 1898

“Every workingman who stands on the sidewalks when Labor Day passes is either an expelled member of a union, a damphool who does not know enough to join the union of his trade, or a conceited pig”