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Pierre Gaudard,

May 1, Montreal, Quebec. Gelatin silver print photograph, 1970. Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada.

Purchased 1971. Accession number:


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Thousands of communists mark May Day in New York, 1934

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“Convicts Celebrated May Day With Songs,” Kingston Whig-Standard. May 2, 1933. Page 3.

Could be Heard Very Distinctly By Those Outside the Walls.

Hooting, shouting and singing popular songs with a gusto that made their voices clearly heard by passers-by on the road, convicts of the Kingston penitentiary, quartered in the new female prison, had their little private May Day Celebration last night.  Till after nine o’clock the convicts demonstrated their vocal propensities.

‘We Want Nickle!’ was heard more than once by persons passing the prison.  This referred to the counsel for several of the convicts charged with rioting, who was successful in having the only convict whose trial is concluded acquitted on the charge.

Around nine o’clock when it could be noticed that the convicts were getting tired of their own noise, strains which sounded very much like ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ drifted out to those who were listening from the Prison Road and other popular songs were sung.  A little later the convicts decided to sleep and call it a day.

Warden W. B. Megloughlin, when spoken to regarding the incident, said that apparently the convicts were celebrating May Day, but except for the noise the prison routine was undisturbed.  The convicts were all in their cells and when they got tired celebrating they went to sleep.”

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