Archive for October, 2011

Martin Rubinstein, Borovansky Ballet, 194- / photographer Hal Williamson, Sydney

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Martin Rubinstein, Borovansky Ballet, 194- / photographer Hal Williamson, Sydney

creator: photographer, Hal Williamson
Martin Rubinstein, Borovansky Ballet, 194- / photographer Hal Williamson, Sydney,
creation date: circa 1947
State Library of New South Wales:421441

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Elizabeth Rule

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Elizabeth Rule

creator: unknown
Elizabeth Rule,
creation date: 1871-1873
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums: TWAS: PR.NC/6/1/1084, PR.NC/6/1/1223

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Trams on Stureplan in Stockholm in 1949.

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Trams on Stureplan in Stockholm in 1949.

creator: Ekelund, Gunnar
Trams on Stureplan in Stockholm in 1949.,
creation date: 1949
Stockholm Transport Museum: 2017-A1848

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Edwin Russell Jackman, county agent, circa 1965

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Edwin Russell Jackman, county agent, circa 1965

creator: unknown
Edwin Russell Jackman, county agent, circa 1965,
creation date: 1960-1969
OSU Special Collections & Archives: P89:1

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October 5: The Jarrow March (1936)

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Seventy-five years ago today, over 200 men started marching to London from the town of Jarrow, about 300 miles away, along with their MP, Ellen “Red Ellen” Wilkinson. They marched for 22 days, often in rain and wind, protesting the economic devastation caused to the North East of England by the closing of shipbuilding and related industries during the 1930s. They carried a petition with thousands of signatures in an oak box; along the way, sympathetic local organizations and town councils fed and housed the men. (There was also a group of blind men marching with the Jarrow marchers, with similar economic concerns; the event is sometimes called the “Jarrow and Blind Marches” for this reason.)

Their protest was not immediately successful; they turned in the petition to the House of Commons, but the Prime Minister refused to meet with the men, and no provisions were made for relief in the North East. Each man was given a pound for train fare home.

Here are some of the Jarrow marchers, in the Commons, thanks to the National Media Museum:

Jarrow Marchers en route to London, National Media Museum

Jarrow Marchers en route to London, National Media Museum

The last of the original Jarrow marchers died in 2003; this month, to mark the 75th anniversary of the event, a group called Youth Fight for Jobs is planning to recreate the march, bringing attention to unemployment during another economic crisis. Today there is a pub named for the marchers in Jarrow, and a several monuments to their efforts.