Look How This 1912 May Day Rally In Union Square Compares To Yesterday

Yesterday, protestors around the world celebrated “May Day.” Also known as “International Workers’ Day,” the holiday commemorates the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.

New York was no exception, as thousands assembled at points all around the city, with a large crowd assembling in Union Square before marching down to Wall Street yesterday afternoon.

This year’s crowd was especially large, fuelled by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York and swept across the globe last fall.

The following photos don’t really need much explanation. 

The first is a pic taken May 1, 1912 in Union Square:

may day 1912Socialists in Union Square, New York, NY on May 1, 1912

Photo: The Library of Congress | Flickr


And here is a pic taken yesterday, exactly 100 years later:

union square may day protests

Photo: Getty | Monika Graff/Stringer

Less hats, a few more women, and a lot more colour… exactly 100 years apart.

(H/T to The Atlantic)

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