[New York]: Moving Picture Operators Union Local 306 / A.F.L., n.d., ca. 1932. Original steel bottle opener (6.5cm. in length), at the end of which is an exceedingly sharp point for use against strikebreakers. Minor rustiness, else Near Fine.
Presumably issued during the 1932 union wars between the New York-based Moving Picture Operators Union Local 306 and the Empire State Motion Picture Union. The dispute came to a head on a Monday evening in early September, 1932, when several bottles of phosphorus were thrown into a movie-going crowd at two theaters in Flatbush, Brooklyn, injuring six. Leaders of the local were interviewed by the District Attorney but claimed innocence, arguing that "some persons inimical to Local No. 306 were responsible for the throwing of the phosphorus in the hope of having the blame placed on Local No. 306" ("Trade Union" (Brooklyn), September 8, 1932). After all, why resort to chemical warfare when a good eye poking can just as easily get the job done?