Great Falls: Tribune Job Print, 1902. 22,pp. 12mo. Original limp calf wrappers. Head of spine chipped; some edge wear and rubbing to wraps. Very minor chipping at fore-edge of text block. Slightly later ownership inscriptions on rear endpapers. Light tanning. About very good. Item #1365
An unrecorded handbook for the short-lived Barbers' Protective Union of Great Falls, Montana, which was established as a subsidiary of the American Labor Union and the Western Federation of Miners. The formation of the union was prompted by the efforts of the ALU to organize the service industries in mining towns across Montana. Ultimately, these attempts lasted only a few years, cut short by the violent response of mine owners to unionization, and the Barbers' Protective Union was absorbed into the Industrial Workers of the World after 1906. According to the preamble of the guide, "The history of Journeyman Barbers throughout the country has been but the records of constant struggle against oppression, and...trouble has arisen almost entirely from lack of unity."
This copy bears the ownership inscription of John William Stacy, a Spanish-American War veteran and a barber in Great Falls during the time that the union was active. Not in OCLC.