Scarce RPPC photo postcard showing crowds on sidewalks watching line of police on horses near Portage and Main streets in downtown Winnipeg during the Winnipeg General Strike, the largest strike in Canadian history.
Photo taken by Lewis Benjamin Foote, famed Winnipeg photographer.
Written on negative ‘Winnipeg Riot June 10,19’
Message on back ”…This picture shows the police on horses during the strike.”
Printed on 'AXO' photographic paper.
Light toning on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of card for sale)
Many of the images from that time, such as L. B Foote’s iconic photographs of the strike, remain familiar to many Canadians. Foote is one of the most well-known photographers in Winnipeg’s history, capturing the city’s development for over 50 years. His black and white snapshots of crowds of workers gathering in the streets of downtown… are probably what most people think of when they think of images of the strike.
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was the largest strike in Canadian history. Between 15 May and 25 June 1919, more than 30,000 workers left their jobs. Factories, shops, transit and city services shut down. The strike resulted in arrests, injuries and the deaths of two protestors. It did not immediately succeed in empowering workers and improving job conditions. But the strike did help unite the working class in Canada. Some of its participants helped establish what is now the New Democratic Party.