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A Story From Pullmantown. Illustrated with Sketches by Capel Rowley
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1894. First Edition. Scarce radical novel drawing on the contemporary events of the Great Pullman Strike of 1894, set in the fictional "Pullmantown," clearly modeled on the Southside Chicago company-planned community of Pullman. BLAKE (The Strike in the American Novel, Metuchen: 1972) p.220: "...a puerile story...
[Item #25936]
Price: $450.00
 
A Story From Pullmantown. Illustrated with Sketches by Capel Rowley. Nico BECH-MEYER.
2.

The Hard Rock Man
New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1910. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original black pictorial cloth stamped in green and brown; [6],224pp. Cloth and textblock a bit soiled, general shelf-wear, rear hinge cracked but holding; contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. About Very Good overall. Novel set amongst a tunnel...
[Item #28759]
Price: $50.00
 
The Hard Rock Man. Frederick R. BECHDOLT.
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The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America
Chicago: Elliott & Beezley, 1889. First Edition. Labor's side of the momentous joint strike of firemen and engineers on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Eugene Debs, who was among the strike's supporters, would later cite its failure as an example of the ineffectiveness of craft unions, an argument which...
[Item #10401]
Price: $40.00
 
The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, John A. HALL.
4.

Real-Photo Postcard Depicting Seven members of the B of L. F. & E.
N.p. n.d., 1909. Original albumen photographic postcard (13.75x8.5cm.); contemporaneously postally used else Near Fine. Studio group portrait of seven young men, two sporting roses in the bands of their hats, one of the men seated in front with a bouquet of roses sticking out of his boot. The message on...
[Item #30313]
Price: $75.00
 
Real-Photo Postcard Depicting Seven members of the B of L. F. & E. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE FIREMEN & ENGINEMEN.
5.

The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914
Cleveland: Britton Printing Company, 1914. First Edition. Complete run for the year 1914 of a monthly published by the Brotherhood. Articles include Arthur Brisbane's "Female Labor and Minimum Wage"; Knud Benson's "The Panama Railroad"; R.H. Newcomb's "American Railroad Company, Porto Rico"; and countless articles on safety and child labor. Poetry...
[Item #24899]
Price: $200.00
 
The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914. BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN, ed D L. Cease.
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History of a Ring [cover title]
Portland, ME: Berry Printer, 1877. First Edition. Octavo (23cm.); original pictorial stitched self-wrappers; 13pp. Wrappers rather brittle with a few tiny shallow losses, else Very Goood. Satirical fable regarding the railroad industry. WILLIAMSON (Maine) I 835.
[Item #27256]
Price: $50.00
 
History of a Ring [cover title]. "BY ONE OF THE GOVERNOR'S WARDS"
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Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937
Buenos Aires: Casa Social Victoria 1928-38, 1937. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 575pp. Text paper browned but not fragile; still a clean, tight VG copy, remarkably well-preserved given the cheap components of manufacture. Jubilee Anniversary volume for the Argentinian Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. Illustrated...
[Item #28293]
Price: $150.00
 
Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937. Juan B. CHITI, Francisco Agnelli.
8.

$500 Reward
Everett, WA: Department of Public Safety, [1923]. First Edition. Flyer offering a reward for any information "leading to arrest and conviction of person or persons placing a certain bomb in the alley behind Normanna Hall, Everett, Washington, on or about February 24, 1923." The reward of $500 is offered here...
[Item #22212]
Price: $200.00
 
$500 Reward. THE CITY OF EVERETT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WASHINGTON.
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Swing Shift
New York: Citadel Press, 1951. First edition. Quite nice copy of this rather undistinguished (aside from its splendid proletarian dustjacket) 1950s labor novel, presented as the fictionalized biography of an American labor organizer and railroad-worker. The action is interspersed with long passages of Marxist theory. "Margaret Graham" was the pseudonym...
[Item #14428]
Price: $50.00
 
Swing Shift. Margaret GRAHAM, pseud.
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Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr)
New York: New York Call, 1922. First Edition. 12mo (18cm). Pale blue ribbed cloth with paper spine and cover labels; dustjacket; 221pp; frontis. portr. Tight, Near Fine copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper with brief loss at crown and closed tear at base of spine; Very Good. Uncommon in jacket.
[Item #17324]
Price: $175.00
 
Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr). David KARSNER.
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Random Rhymes and Rhapsodies of the Rail
Cleveland: Cleveland Printing Co., Imperial Press, 1907. First Edition. Octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's red gilt-lettered cloth; [6],412pp.; photographic portrait frontispiece. Boards rubbed along extremities, mostly at corners, front hinge cracked but holding, contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper; Very Good overall. Second published collection of labor song-poems by the Irish-born...
[Item #31721]
Price: $50.00
 
Random Rhymes and Rhapsodies of the Rail. Shandy MAGUIRE, pseud. Patrick Fennell.
12.

Railways and Organized Labor
Chicago: Railway Business Association, 1941. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards; gilt spine & cover titles; 136p; bibliog. Spine gilt slightly dulled; neat ownership signature, else a sturdy, unmarked copy. Includes substantial historical background, including a chapter devoted to Eugene Debs and the 1894 Pullman Strike.
[Item #10691]
Price: $24.00
 
Railways and Organized Labor. P. Harvey MIDDLETON, introd Harry A. Wheeler.
13.

Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]
Detroit: News & Letters Publication, 1977. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original tan pictorial staplebound wrappers; 50pp.; illus. Fine. "A News & Letters Pamphlet." History of the St. Louis General Strike of 1877.
[Item #26401]
Price: $25.00
 
Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]. Terry MOON, Ron Brokmeyer.
14.

Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]
[Detroit: National Negro Labor Council, 1954]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original grey pictorial staplebound wrappers; 23pp.; illus., text in double column. Fine. Criticism of the railroad industry and the railroad brotherhoods for discrimination against African-American workers. SEIDMAN N44.
[Item #26730]
Price: $20.00
 
Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]. NATIONAL NEGRO LABOR COUNCIL.
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New York Central System: Rules for the Government of the Operating Department. Issued in accordance with the Standard Code adopted by Association of American Railroads, January 17, 1928, effective September 26, 1937
New York: New York Central System, 1937. First Edition. Small 12mo (15.5cm.); original black cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, all edges red; 165pp.; color illus. throughout. Spine a bit cocked, else Very Good to Near Fine.
[Item #28884]
Price: $30.00
 
New York Central System: Rules for the Government of the Operating Department. Issued in accordance with the Standard Code adopted by Association of American Railroads, January 17, 1928, effective September 26, 1937. NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY.
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The Emperor Jones [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First Thus. Limited to 775 copies of which this is no. 760. Large octavo (26.5cm.); original cloth-backed decorative boards in grey pictorial dust jacket, black paper-covered slipcase with yellow printed wrap-around label; 90pp.; 8 color plates. Jacket spine rather toned, verly small pieces of...
[Item #23634]
Price: $450.00
 
17.

The Railroads Versus Public Interest
New York: League for Industrial Democracy (L.I.D.), 1936. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; original printed wraps; 38pp. Toning and light soil to covers; internally fine. A proposal for public ownership of the railroad utilities.
[Item #7442]
Price: $20.00
 
The Railroads Versus Public Interest. RAILROADS, Irving LIPKOWITZ.
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Annals of the Great Strikes in the United States. A Reliable History and Graphic Description of the Causes and Thrilling Events of the Labor Strikes and Riots of 1877
Chicago: L.T. Palmer, 1877. First Edition. The first and still the standard account of the great Railway Strike of 1877, generally considered the first full-scale national strike in the United States. HOWES D5. Howes also lists a St. Louis issue with identical collation, but suggests no priority. Octavo. Publisher’s pictorial...
[Item #8475]
Price: $150.00
 
Annals of the Great Strikes in the United States. A Reliable History and Graphic Description of the Causes and Thrilling Events of the Labor Strikes and Riots of 1877. RAILROADS, 1877 RAILWAY STRIKE, J. A. DACUS.
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Grubstake: A Story of Early Mining Days in Nevada Time--1874
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket stamped in black, gilt, and silver, dark grey topstain; [8],360pp. Jacket extremities rubbed and worn with some shallow chipping, the whole uniformly dust-soiled, spine gilt darkened, else Near Fine in About Very Good...
[Item #31216]
Price: $35.00
 
Grubstake: A Story of Early Mining Days in Nevada Time--1874. Mark L. REQUA.
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Feeding the Iron Hog: The Life and Work of a Locomotive Fireman
Cleveland: Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, 1927. First Edition. Essentially an infomercial by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, produced to "...increase common knowledge concerning the quality and quantity of labor performed by an engineman. Thus may arise a better understanding of the value of his labor, and of the...
[Item #17342]
Price: $175.00
 
Feeding the Iron Hog: The Life and Work of a Locomotive Fireman. D. B. ROBERTSON.
21.

The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture
N.p. [Chicago?]: by the Author, 1907. First Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet. Original printed card wrappers; 39pp. Just mild external wear; Very Good to Near Fine. Satire, in Biblical language, of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rail Trust, including thinly-veiled depictions of Morgan, Rockefeller, Landis, etc.
[Item #19833]
Price: $40.00
 
The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture. Theodore ROOSEVELT, F. Alister MURRAY.
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Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook of Railroad Information
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, [1922]. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in white dust jacket printed in dark blue; 332pp. Jacket toned, extremities rather chipped and worn with a number of closed tears, spine crown partially separated but present. Near Fine in About Very Good jacket. Criticism of...
[Item #32520]
Price: $25.00
 
23.

Pastels of Men. Including an Appreciation of Debs by Frank Harris
New York: Pearson's Library, 1919. First edition. Brief biographical reminiscences of some of Debs' associates from outside the Socialist sphere: James Whitcomb Riley, Wendell Phillips, John Ingersoll, John Swinton, and Eugene Field. An uncommon Debs item. Staple-bound pamphlet. Printed wrappers; 63p. Mild external wear and soil; text slightly toned; Very Good.
[Item #11167]
Price: $125.00
 
Pastels of Men. Including an Appreciation of Debs by Frank Harris. SOCIALISM, INDIANA, Eugene V. DEBS.
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Caleb Conover, Railroader
New York: Authors and Newspapers Association, 1907. First Edition. "Story of a western railroad baron turned political boss" - HANNA 3485; SMITH T-116. Octavo (19.25cm.); original olive gilt-lettered cloth; 322pp.; color frontispiece, 4 leaves of plates, including three in color and one in facsimile. Light shelf wear, spine gilt quite...
[Item #31922]
Price: $25.00
 
Caleb Conover, Railroader. Albert Payson TERHUNE, illus Frank Parker.
25.

American Labor Struggles
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1936]. First Edition. Thick octavo (22cm.); original cloth in decorative dust jacket; xviii,398pp.; 8 leaves of plates, additional text illus. throughout. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, spine toned with a couple of faint blue pencil lines, tiny loss to spine foot, 1-inch closed tear...
[Item #28799]
Price: $40.00
 
American Labor Struggles. Samuel YELLEN.