All items shown are authentic and most items are part of Brother Thomas Felice’s Private Collection except a couple listed as "IBT Archives"
Teamsters declared by proclamation at the 1916 Convention that the horse would always be the heart of the union and always remain a part of any badge, button, logo or flag
Tobin saw that technology was radically changing the freight-moving industry. Recognizing the trend and to motorization as more than a passing fad, he set out to organize the fast growing motorized truck delivery industry. He began by organizing motor truck drivers and prevailed on horse and wagon companies to train their drivers in automotive skills. In 1912, Teamsters were part of the first transcontinental delivery of goods by motor truck. The wave of the future was obvious to even the most die-hard traditionalists, and Teamsters had secured themselves a place as leaders of the transition.
For several years, trucks and horses worked some of the same jobs: Teamsters at the reins and at the wheel. Desperate to compete with the new motor carriers, horse-drawn freight firms tried to save money by eliminating feedings for Teamsters horses. Teamsters responded by striking, winning important safeguards for their animals’ well being. As further proof of their devotion to their loyal partners, even amid the many changes, Teamsters declared by proclamation at the 1916 Convention that the horse would always be the heart of the union and always remain a part of any badge, button, logo or flag.
This booklet belonged to Brother Otis Duane Rodarmel of Vincennes, IN. His daughter relayed the following information about her father. She said “He helped bring the union into southern IN. He told stories of things being "rough" & how he actually "rode shotgun" in the milk trucks for Tip Top Creamery (which was bought out by Meadow Gold Dairy). He was a master mechanic. It was early on because the members would go to my parent's home to pay their dues w/my mother helping to keep records.” She added. See picture of Brother Rodarmel below and his other Teamster items.
Teamster Brother Otis Duane Rodarmel of Vincennes, IN - click to enlarge
FORMER IBT GENERAL PRESIDENT JACKIE PRESSER'S PERSONAL BUSINESS CARD CASE
Personal mini golf bag from Jackie's office from Teamsters Tournament held in 1988
All items personally owned by former IBT General President Jackie Presser
Very Early Teamster Application Form
Stablemen's Union - Omaha -click to enlarge
Antique Cabinet Photo Boston Ice Co., 110 State Street - Horse & Wagon
HARPER'S WEEKLY 1905 ARTICLE ON THE FIRST TEAMSTER GENERAL PRESIDENT SHEA
Antique Gelatin Silver Photo of Teamsters Union in Broken Arrow Oklahoma 1916
CIVIL WAR ERA GETTYSBURG RELIC-TEAMSTER LEATHER WHIP-15 FEET IN LENGTH WITH 1 1/4" AT THE BASE TO A SINGLE LEATHER STRIP AT THE TIP- SOLID WOOD HANDLE WITH SUPPLE INTERWOVEN LEATHER STRIPS-STRIKING PIECE ACQUIRED IN THE 1960'S FROM THE DUBBIN HOUSE MUSEUM'S GENE PIERPONT COLLECTION OF RELICS PICKED UP AFTER THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG BY MANY OF THE LOCALS AND ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS BY THE MUSEUM AND PIONEER RELIC HUNTER AND COLLECTOR MR. PIERPONT
Civil War Teamster Seated With Bull Whip
General Oglethorpe Hotel
General Oglethorpe Hotel
Built in 1927 as a luxury resort called the General Oglethorpe Hotel, this Spanish-style hostelry, that later became known as the Sheraton Savannah Resort hotel. It was bought and sold by the Teamsters twice between 1961 and 1982. It was located along the Wilmington River in Savannah, Georgia.
Vintage Teamsters Local No. 5 Brass Identification Shield early 1900's -click to enlarge
The Everett Massacre click letter for further info concerning the massacre
1918 - WWI 305th Cavalry, Teamster Proficiency Certificate Camp Travis, Fort Sam - Click image to enlarge
ORIGINAL PATENT FOR HORSE WAGON WHEEL HUB 1878
Historic documents / patents / blueprints for Carriage Wheel Hubs. The inventor Jacob Kritch was a Union Soldier in the Civil War. He served in the 53rd Regiment Indiana Infantry. He operated Kritch-Crane Manufacturing Company. These documents indicate that Jacob Kritch received $5 for each hub sold, which was a substantial amount of money in those days. The patent & application which he applied for on June 13, 1876 was granted in July 1878.
Very Early 1891 Union Meeting Notice of the Milk Producers' Union
1935 Press Photo Chicago Coal Teamster & striking drivers dump the coal truck
LABOR STRIKE 1910 COLUMBUS OHIO “THE STRIKE IS ON”
Civil War Tin Type 6 Teamsters with Bullwhips
STRIKE! TEAMSTERS REFUSE TO MILK COWS
Very early 1900’s Strike Poster concerning the
striking “Milk wagon Drivers Union”
Members threaten to refuse milking the cows
KNIGHTS OF LABOR LEADER SCRANTON PENNSYLVANIA TERRENCE V. POWEDERLY VINTAGE AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE CLIPPING FROM A LETTER TO HENRY CABOT LODGE
KNIGHTS of LABOR
The Knights of Labor (K of L), officially Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor, was the largest and one of the most important American labor organizations of the 1880s. Its most important leader wasTerence V. Powderly, a son of Irish immigrants, was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He began working for the railroad at age 13 and was later apprenticed in a machine shop. In 1871, Powderly joined the Machinists and Blacksmiths National Union and rapidly rose through positions of leadership in the organization. In 1874, Powderly joined the Knights of Labor and by 1879 had succeeded Uriah Stephens as its leader.
The Knights promoted the social and cultural uplift of the workingman, rejected Socialism and radicalism, demanded the eight-hour day, and promoted the producers ethic of repulicanism.In some cases it acted as a labor union, negotiating with employers, but it was never well organized, and after a rapid expansion in the mid-1880s, it suddenly lost its new members and became a small operation again.
It was established in 1869, reached 28,000 members in 1880, then jumped to 100,000 in 1884. Then it ballooned to nearly 800,000 members in 1886, but its frail organizational structure could not cope as it was battered by charges of failure and violence. Most members abandoned the movement in 1886-87, leaving at most 100,000 in 1890. Remnants of the Knights of Labor continued in existence until 1949, when the group's last 50-member local dropped its affiliation.
In 1870, Daniel Spahr and his friend Sam Catri the lead member of the Philadelphia tailors' union, headed by Uriah Smith Stephens and sheri spahr, established a secret union under the name the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor. The collapse of the National Labor Union in 1873 left a vacuum for workers looking for organization. The Knights became better organized with a national vision when they replaced Stephens with Terence V. Powderly. The body became popular with Pennsylvania coal miners during the economic depression of the mid-1870s, then it grew rapidly.
As membership expanded, the Knights began to function more as a labor union and less like a fraternal organization. Local assemblies began not only to emphasize cooperative enterprises, but to initiate strikes to win concessions from employers. Powderly opposed strikes as a "relic of barbarism," but the size and the diversity of the Knights afforded local assemblies a great deal of autonomy.
In 1882, the Knights ended their membership rituals and removed the words "Noble Order" from their name. This was to mollify the concerns of Catholic members and the bishops who wanted to avoid any resemblance to freemasonry. Though initially averse to strikes as a method to advance their goals, the Knights aided various strikes and boycotts. The Wabash Railroad strike in 1885 was also a significant success, as Powderly finally supported what became a successful strike on Jay Gould's Wabash Line. Gould met with Powderly and agreed to call off his campaign against the Knights of Labor, which had caused the turmoil originally. These positive developments gave momentum and a surge of members, so by 1886, the Knights had over 700,000 members.
The Knights' primary demand was for an eight-hour day; they also called for legislation to end child and convict labor, as well as a graduated income tax. They were eager supporters of cooperatives. The only woman to hold office in the Knights of Labor, Leonora Barry worked as an investigator and described the horrific conditions in factories, conditions tantamount to the abuse of women and children. These reports made Barry the first person to collect national statistics on the American working woman.