You are here

Saratoga 1903

Saratoga 1903 Event Button Museum
Category: 
Additional Images: 
Saratoga 1903 button back Event Button Museum
Sub Categories: 
Text on Button: 
SARATOGA 1903
Image Description: 

Illustration of bricks in a triangular wooden holder with white text on a dark grey background.

Back Paper / Back Info: 

GERAGHTY MFG. CO.
61 LA SALLES ST.
CHICAGO
(union bug) 38

Back Style: 
The Shape: 
The Size: 
Year / Decade Made: 
The Manufacturer: 
Additional Information: 

A loaded brick hod is a supply for masons or builders. The hod carrier, or hoddie, loads the hod with bricks and carries it to the bricklayers/masons. Usually one hoddie supplies two masons.

In January 1903, a group of Saratoga, New York, painters and paper hangers gave notice that they would strike on April 1 for shorter hours and higher wages. Thirty bricklayers and masons joined them in striking. The strike worked for both professions. The painters and paper hangers got an 8 hour day for $2.375, and the brick layers got a 9 hour day for 45c per hour. They were not the only strikers. The Indianapolis Journal reported the Saratoga strike in an article describing construction strikes across the nation, all happening on April 1, 1903.

Sources: 

(1903, April 2). Many men on strike. Indianapolis Journal. p.5. Retrieved from https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=IJ19030402.1.5&e...

New York Department of Labor. (1904).  Seventeenth annual report of the Board of Mediaton and Arbitration for twelve months ended September 30, 1903. 176. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=T69YAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA176&lpg=PA176&dq=sar...

Catalog ID: 
EV0393
Share with your friends: