Don’t Be a Scab!

The dog's vest says "Don't go to Calumet or Hancock Mich, where all miners are on a strike. The reverse side of the vest discouraged people from going to break the strike in the Colorado coalfields.

The dog’s vest says “Don’t go to Calumet or Hancock Mich, where all miners are on a strike.” The reverse side of the vest discouraged people from going to break the strike in the Colorado coalfields. (Photo courtesy of the Miners’ Magazine)

The Miners’ Magazine, a weekly publication of the Western Federation of Miners had an interesting story in the October 30th, 1913 issue. “A Valuable Dog,” pictured above, was put to good use on the streets of Chicago to discourage men from moving to the Copper Country or the Colorado coal fields to break those strikes. M.J. Riley of the WFM and P. W. Quinn of the United Mine Workers of America utilized the dog as a publicity tool to inform people of the strikes taking place “against the arrogant despotism of industrial tyrants.”[1] In addition to highlighting the dog, the article spoke directly to the realities of class conflict (within and between classes) and appealed to men to awaken to the guiding principles of the labor movement.  Apparently sentiment of solidarity can come in all shapes and sizes.  A special thanks to Dr. Susan Martin and Alice Margerum for bringing my attention to this unique photo.


[1] “A Valuable Dog,” The Miners’ Magazine, October 30, 1913, page 7.

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