[Woolwich Arsenal Redundancies]. Souvenir and Programme of the March of the Woolwich Men to London. London: Burgess William and Co., 1907. First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Ephemera. Good+. Printed souvenir Japanese crepe paper, approximately 380mm x 380mm in size.
Slightly creased, one or two small spots of foxing, slightly rubbed above the image with loss to a few letters but no loss of sense, dated in ink to foot of reverse with bleed through. Interesting central drawing of ‘Labour’ being crucified by two capitalists and being taunted with loaves of bread.
There had been a march of men laid off at Woolwich the month before, but further job losses meant that both a petition to the King and this march were organised for the 18th May, around the issue ‘A 10,000 Minimum V. Full Employment of the National Workshop’ (see Tyler, Labour’s Lost Leader: The Life and Politics of Will Crooks, page 146). Some of the men dismissed were sent to Canada for work.
The printers Burgess William and Co. specialised in printing these commemorative crepes, they were imported from Japan already with printed borders and then the centres were printed here for a wide variety of souvenir tissues