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8 Great Labor Day Pics: KKK Marches, Reagan Drinks, Miss America Begins

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Slade Sohmer


By Slade Sohmer on September 2, 2013


Hey, it’s Labor Day, that annual September holiday in which we fill up on our last adult dose of summer sausage and mark the end of white pants.

Before we head into autumn, though, let’s celebrate Labor Day with these eight awesome photos, with their original AP captions:

“Contestants in the first Miss America pageant line up for the judges in Atlantic City, N.J., in Sept. 1921. Second from left is Margaret Gorman, who won the competition. Miss America started as a bathing suit contest on the uncomplicated theory it might help fill Atlantic City hotel rooms for an extra week past Labor Day at the end of the summer season.”

AP Photo

AP Photo

(Technically the pageant took place a couple days *after* Labor Day, but this info was new to us, so it warrants inclusion here.)

“Klu Klux Klan band marches in Labor Day parade in Atlanta, Georgia, September 8, 1922.”

AP Photo

AP Photo

“The family of President Roosevelt celebrated Labor Day with a picnic attended by relatives and friends at the Roosevelt Home on Sept. 3, 1934 at Hyde Park in New York. The house has been made into a ‘Summer White House’ Photo shows Eleanor Roosevelt cooking hot dogs on an outdoor fireplace while Miss Nancy Cook looks on.”

AP Photo

AP Photo

“At the tail end of their summer vacation George Burns and wife, Gracie Allen lunch at the Hampshire House during visit to New York, Sept. 5, 1948. While many New Yorkers are out of town for Labor Day, the comedy team came in for a long weekend. Then they return to Hollywood for work.”

AP Photo/Ed Ford

AP Photo/Ed Ford

“Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan sampled hotdogs and sipped a bottle of beer during a Labor Day barbecue in the backyard Emil Petri’s home in suburban Allen Park, Michigan on Sept. 2, 1980. Petri is an employe of Great Lakes Steel.”

AP Photo/Walt Zeboski

AP Photo/Walt Zeboski

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter works as a carpenter during renovation of a tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood, Monday, labor day weekend, Sept. 3, 1984. Carter, along with 50 other volunteers from Georgia, are working to build new homes for 19 families as part of the Habitat for Humanity project.”

AP Photo/Mario Cabrera

AP Photo/Mario Cabrera

“Sen. John F. Kennedy rears back as admirers press too close after his Labor Day speech in Detroit’s Cadillac Square, Sept. 5, 1960. Crowd moved forward to shake his hand or collect an autograph but jam was too great to allow more a dozen or so people to reach Kennedy.”

AP Photo/Preston Stroup

AP Photo/Preston Stroup

“Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis sports an ironworker’s hat as he arrives, Sunday, Sept. 5, 1983 in Boston’s City Hall Plaza to take part in Labor Day activities.”

AP Photo/Sean Kardon

AP Photo/Sean Kardon

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