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"From Blowing Glass to Building Empires

Background imageLaborer Collection: The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas)

The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas)
MAN62941 The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas) by Crowe, Eyre (1824-1910); 76.3x107 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: by Eyre Crowe); © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageLaborer Collection: Colliery Lasses (colour photo)

Colliery Lasses (colour photo)
3103953 Colliery Lasses (colour photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Colliery Lasses)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s

Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s
Workers in a crown-glass factory, Great Britain, early 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLaborer Collection: Hong Kong street scene, 1890s C016 / 4499

Hong Kong street scene, 1890s C016 / 4499
Hong Kong street scene. Pedestrians, carts, rickshaws and signs in both Chinese script and English on a hill street in Hong Kong in the 1890s. At the time, this area was a British colony

Background imageLaborer Collection: Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s

Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s
Manufacturing glass at a flint-glass factory, Great Britain, 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLaborer Collection: Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Moscow (b / w photo)

Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Moscow (b / w photo)
7200710 Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, sculpture by Vera Mukhina, Moscow (b/w photo) by Russian Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Worker and Kolkhoz Woman)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original

Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th
7279735 Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th century by Unknown Artist

Background imageLaborer Collection: Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad

Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad
Chinese laborers constructing the Central Pacific Railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLaborer Collection: Russian Revolution of 1917: 'Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory in

Russian Revolution of 1917: "Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory in
JLJ4644209 Russian Revolution of 1917: " Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory in Petrograd, 1917" Painting by Isaak Brodsky (Brodsky) (1883-1939). 1917

Background imageLaborer Collection: Trade union. Manifest published by the World Congress in London

Trade union. Manifest published by the World Congress in London
Trade union. Emerged from the development of the Industrial Revolution in the late nineteenth century in Great Britain. Manifest published by the World Congress in London. 1896

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California

Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California
Snowsheds protecting a transcontinental railroad train in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLaborer Collection: Gleaners at Chambaudoin, 1857 (oil on canvas)

Gleaners at Chambaudoin, 1857 (oil on canvas)
XIR231251 Gleaners at Chambaudoin, 1857 (oil on canvas) by Hedouin, Pierre Edmond Alexandre (1820-89); Musee Municipal, Villefranche-sur-Saone

Background imageLaborer Collection: Making the Shoreham Railroad, c. 1840 (w/c on paper)

Making the Shoreham Railroad, c. 1840 (w/c on paper)
7389747 Making the Shoreham Railroad, c.1840 (w/c on paper) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 22x29 cm; Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire, UK; (add.info.: Arist: Unknown)

Background imageLaborer Collection: St. Tropez, (oil on canvas)

St. Tropez, (oil on canvas)
657448 St. Tropez, (oil on canvas) by Hankey, William Lee (1869-1952); Private Collection; (add.info.: St.Tropez. William Lee Hankey (1869-1952). Oil on canvas

Background imageLaborer Collection: Cricket field, Bournville, Birmingham (chromolitho)

Cricket field, Bournville, Birmingham (chromolitho)
7172124 Cricket field, Bournville, Birmingham (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cricket field, Bournville, Birmingham)

Background imageLaborer Collection: The Wood Cutter (oil on board)

The Wood Cutter (oil on board)
CH378341 The Wood Cutter (oil on board) by Landseer, Edwin (1802-73); 50x61 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageLaborer Collection: St Anthony the Great, patron saint of basket makers (chromolitho)

St Anthony the Great, patron saint of basket makers (chromolitho)
1094000 St Anthony the Great, patron saint of basket makers (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Anthony the Great, patron saint of basket makers)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Bacon, bread and meat slicing machine (litho)

Bacon, bread and meat slicing machine (litho)
3621827 Bacon, bread and meat slicing machine (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bacon, bread and meat slicing machine (Berkels patent)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Early morning in Covent Garden Market (b / w photo)

Early morning in Covent Garden Market (b / w photo)
3637556 Early morning in Covent Garden Market (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Early morning in Covent Garden Market)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Bulgarian workers, near Sophia, engraving after the drawing of A

Bulgarian workers, near Sophia, engraving after the drawing of A
LSE4329495 Bulgarian workers, near Sophia, engraving after the drawing of A. De Neuville, illustrating the journey to Bulgaria, by Guillaume Lejean, in 1867

Background imageLaborer Collection: Industrial Revolution: 'La grande forge de Fourchambault'

Industrial Revolution: "La grande forge de Fourchambault"
JLJ4653139 Industrial Revolution: " La grande forge de Fourchambault" Detail of painting by Francois Bonhomme (1809-1881) 1839

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workshop handmade candles. 18th century. Engraving

Workshop handmade candles. 18th century. Engraving in Encyclopedie by Diderot et d Alembert. Engraving

Background imageLaborer Collection: The foundation of Constantinople by Emperor Constantinople the great who transferred the imperiale

The foundation of Constantinople by Emperor Constantinople the great who transferred the imperiale capital to
ELD4886070 The foundation of Constantinople by Emperor Constantinople the great who transferred the imperiale capital to Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople

Background imageLaborer Collection: Stalls that display the products of many climes in the fruit depsartment at Covent Garden

Stalls that display the products of many climes in the fruit depsartment at Covent Garden (b / w photo)
3637557 Stalls that display the products of many climes in the fruit depsartment at Covent Garden (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageLaborer Collection: Bus driver (b / w photo)

Bus driver (b / w photo)
3637514 Bus driver (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bus driver. Illustration for Wonderful London by St John Adcock (Fleetway, c 1930)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Man ploughing with gas mask, September 1939

Man ploughing with gas mask, September 1939
Man photographed as he ploughs his field in Surrey. The Sphere notes his gas mask which he hangs from the handle of his plough. Date: 1939

Background imageLaborer Collection: Archduke Maximilian of Austria visiting an armourer (engraving)

Archduke Maximilian of Austria visiting an armourer (engraving)
3646316 Archduke Maximilian of Austria visiting an armourer (engraving) by Burgkmair, Hans (c.1473-1531) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Archduke Maximilian of Austria visiting an armourer)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Marmottes administratives. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1906 (colour litho)

Marmottes administratives. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1906 (colour litho)
3101415 Marmottes administratives. Illustration for Le Pele-Mele, 1906 (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marmottes administratives)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Picking violets near Parma, Italy (chromolitho)

Picking violets near Parma, Italy (chromolitho)
2782613 Picking violets near Parma, Italy (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Picking violets near Parma, Italy)

Background imageLaborer Collection: A Welsh coal mine (litho)

A Welsh coal mine (litho)
3622182 A Welsh coal mine (litho) by Lacy, Charles John de (c.1860-1936) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Welsh coal mine)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Two boys throwing snowballs at a chimney sweep, New Years greetings card. (chromolitho)

Two boys throwing snowballs at a chimney sweep, New Years greetings card. (chromolitho)
6031470 Two boys throwing snowballs at a chimney sweep, New Years greetings card. (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLaborer Collection: 'Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France', World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster)

"Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France", World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster)
XND75976 "Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France", World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster); Private Collection

Background imageLaborer Collection: Protesters burning 600 freight cars during the strikes at Pullman, Chicago, 1894

Protesters burning 600 freight cars during the strikes at Pullman, Chicago, 1894
NWI4826799 Protesters burning 600 freight cars during the strikes at Pullman, Chicago, 1894. Colourful engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Bomb detonated in police ranks during the revolt of Haymarket Square in Chicago, USA, 1886

Bomb detonated in police ranks during the revolt of Haymarket Square in Chicago, USA, 1886
NWI4827634 Bomb detonated in police ranks during the revolt of Haymarket Square in Chicago, USA, 1886. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageLaborer Collection: The Pinkerton workers left the Carnegie Steel Company created by Andrew Carnegie during

The Pinkerton workers left the Carnegie Steel Company created by Andrew Carnegie during the strikes in the town of
NWI4826307 The Pinkerton workers left the Carnegie Steel Company created by Andrew Carnegie during the strikes in the town of Homestead, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1892

Background imageLaborer Collection: Defile workers on strike to obtain 8 hours of work a day in New York, USA 1872

Defile workers on strike to obtain 8 hours of work a day in New York, USA 1872. Colouring engraving of the 19th century
NWI4827704 Defile workers on strike to obtain 8 hours of work a day in New York, USA 1872. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Payday in a textile factory: workers queue to receive their wages, USA, around 1890

Payday in a textile factory: workers queue to receive their wages, USA, around 1890
NWI4827662 Payday in a textile factory: workers queue to receive their wages, USA, around 1890. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Payday in a textile factory)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Worker working in the coke ovens of the Pittsburgh steel industry rising the workers city above

Worker working in the coke ovens of the Pittsburgh steel industry rising the workers city above, 1880
NWI4826584 Worker working in the coke ovens of the Pittsburgh steel industry rising the workers city above, 1880. Colour engraving of the 19th century; (add.info)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers scraping buffalo skin in a tannery in the 19th century

Workers scraping buffalo skin in a tannery in the 19th century. Colourful engraving of the 19th century
NWI4826348 Workers scraping buffalo skin in a tannery in the 19th century. Colourful engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Workers scraping buffalo skin in a tannery in the 19th century)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Women workers filtering coal from a mine in England, 19th century. Colourful engraving, 19th century

Women workers filtering coal from a mine in England, 19th century. Colourful engraving, 19th century
NWI4826316 Women workers filtering coal from a mine in England, 19th century. Colourful engraving, 19th century.; (add.info.: Women workers filtering coal from a mine in England, 19th century)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers on strike protesting in the United States, late 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century

Workers on strike protesting in the United States, late 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4825970 Workers on strike protesting in the United States, late 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Workers on strike protesting in the United States, late 1800s)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Worker picking melted glass using a bouffadou around 1900

Worker picking melted glass using a bouffadou around 1900
NWI4828200 Worker picking melted glass using a bouffadou around 1900; (add.info.: Worker picking up melted glass using a bouffadou around 1900.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers of a coke-furnace steel plant in Pennsylvania, 1880. Coloured engraving of the 19th century

Workers of a coke-furnace steel plant in Pennsylvania, 1880. Coloured engraving of the 19th century
NWI4828181 Workers of a coke-furnace steel plant in Pennsylvania, 1880. Coloured engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Workers of a coke-furnace steel plant in Pennsylvania, 1880)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Glass blower in a factory in England, early 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century

Glass blower in a factory in England, early 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4827097 Glass blower in a factory in England, early 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Glass blower in a factory in England, early 1800s)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Tunnel in a California mine, 1850s

Tunnel in a California mine, 1850s
NWI4826881 Tunnel in a California mine, 1850s.; (add.info.: Tunnel in a California mine, 1850s.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers in front of their sewing machine in a textile factory, 1800s

Workers in front of their sewing machine in a textile factory, 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4827749 Workers in front of their sewing machine in a textile factory, 1800s. Colour engraving of the 19th century; (add.info.: Workers in front of their sewing machine in a textile factory)

Background imageLaborer Collection: Loading of goods (betail and cereals), New Madrid, Missouri, circa 1880

Loading of goods (betail and cereals), New Madrid, Missouri, circa 1880. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4963530 Loading of goods (betail and cereals), New Madrid, Missouri, circa 1880. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Loading of goods (betail and cereals), New Madrid, Missouri

Background imageLaborer Collection: Workers laying the rails for the transcontinental railway, 1860s

Workers laying the rails for the transcontinental railway, 1860s. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4963436 Workers laying the rails for the transcontinental railway, 1860s. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Workers laying the rails for the transcontinental railway, 1860s)



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"From Blowing Glass to Building Empires: The Laborer's Journey Through History" Witness the artistry of labor as glass blowers in a British factory during the 1800s create intricate masterpieces that still mesmerize us today. Step back in time to the bustling streets of Hong Kong in the 1890s, where hardworking laborers shaped the city's vibrant landscape and laid its foundation for future growth. Explore the harsh realities faced by glass factory workers in Britain during the 19th century, as they toiled tirelessly to meet growing demands and push forward technological advancements. Marvel at Vera Mukhina's iconic sculpture "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, " capturing the spirit of unity and strength amidst Moscow's revolutionary times (b/w photo). Experience a pivotal moment in history with Lenin addressing Putilov factory workers during Russia's transformative revolution of 1917, igniting hope for change among laborers nationwide. Discover how Fourchambault's grand forge played a crucial role in fueling France's Industrial Revolution, shaping an era defined by innovation and progress. Dive into a watercolor painting depicting the construction of Shoreham Railroad around 1840, showcasing dedicated laborers' efforts to connect communities through efficient transportation networks. Uncover stories of Chinese immigrants who labored relentlessly on America's transcontinental railroad, leaving an indelible mark on both their lives and American history itself. Delve into trade union manifestos published by London World Congress, highlighting collective efforts towards fair wages, improved working conditions, and solidarity among workers worldwide. Celebrate alongside jubilant workers as they cheer on California’s first train conquering mountainous terrain – a testament to human perseverance and triumph over adversity. Trace back centuries ago when Emperor Constantine founded Constantinople (now Istanbul), symbolizing not only the birth of a great city but also the labor that built empires.