Washington Area Spark – Flickr photo collection guide

4 Oct
Cold winds blow on DC cafeteria workers: 1948

1948 cafeteria strike

by the administrator

[updated October 29, 2017]

The Spark collection is now approaching 3,000,000 photo views on our Flickr site with 2,700 images in 265 different albums, so we’re adding a research guide to help you find images of interest.

Further, our collection of images of struggles for freedom, economic and social justice, against imperialist war, for liberation is growing. We collect, research and publish these images from the pre-Internet era in the hope of connecting the struggles today with those of yesterday.

Hundreds attempt escape at makeshift jail: Mayday 1971

1971 Mayday detainees

The following are broad categories to help you find images. The image albums are not listed in any particular order within the broad categories.

Categorizing these albums within broad categories inevitably leads to disputes. Please accept these categories as finding aids instead of viewing them as political statements.

African American parents picket & boycott DC schools: 1947

1947 DC school boycott

Within Flickr, you may also browse albums (collection of related photographs and images), the photo stream (images by date uploaded) or by camera roll (by date of the image). You may also use the search feature at the top of any Flickr page by entering your own search terms. We strongly urge researchers to use search terms since an image contained in an album may relate to your area of interest even though the album is about a different issue.

As you view these images, we hope you will gain a greater appreciation of these agents of change and learn from their sometimes brilliant and sometimes disastrous strategy and tactics.

Image Albums:

Anarchism and Syndicalism

Sacco & Vanzetti: 1920-27
D.C. Weather bombings: 1971-75
Big Bill in DC: 1915
(New!) First Red Scare: 1919-25

Antiwar

(See Vietnam War for Indochina conflict)

World Citizen: 1948-49
War against Iraq: 1991
Student Peace Union: 1958-67
Debs in DC: 1921
Antiwar: 1917
Women against war: 1920-80
Jeanette Rankin: 1914-40
Women’s International League: 1915-90
No forced ROTC: 1930-70
Anti-draft protests: 1947-72
Youth Congress: 1934-41
Pre-war peace pickets: 1941
No nukes: 1950-85
(New!) Harrisburg 7: 1971-72

Civil Rights & Black Liberation Struggles before 1955

Safeway Jim Crow: 1935-41
Black postal clerks: 1868-1940
Frederick Douglas: 1818-1895
Cafeteria Local 471
Laundry strike: 1937
Interracial dance: 1929
Adam Clayton Powell in DC: 1940-70
Jim Crow at U.S. Engraving: 1947-50
Crime conference: 1934
Maryland lynch mobs: 1930s
Parents League: 1919
DC’s fighting barber: 1947-54
DC swimming pool integration: 1949-54
DC New Negro Alliance: 1934-43
DC National Negro Congress: 1936-55
Mary McLeod Bethune
Truman at NAACP: 1947
African American GAR: 1900-35
Youth Congress: 1934-41
For fair employment: 1941-50
Abolish poll taxes: 1940-48
Gone with the Wind: 1940
Interracial strike: 1937
Georgia lynching protest: 1946
DC Scottsboro action: 1932-35
Free Willie McGee: 1945-51
Bilbo has got to go: 1945-46
Mary Church Terrell: 1863-1954
Martinsville 7: 1951
No police brutality: 1941
No police brutality: 1936-40
No VA Jim Crow?: 1946
DC Jim Crow Theaters: 1922-54
Anti-lynching campaign: 1922
MD crab strike: 1938
Marie Richardson remembered
Fighting Capital Transit racism: 1941-55

Civil Rights & Black Liberation Struggles after 1955

King in DC: 1956-65
VA school segregation: 1957
Youth march: 1959
DC civil rights: 1966
Adam Clayton Powell in DC: 1940-70
Malcolm in DC: 1961-63
NoVa theater Jim Crow: 1962-63
Goodman, Schwerner, Chaney: 1964
Wallace in MD: 1964-72
MD school segregation: 1954-74
Rats cause riots: 1967
Poor People’s march: 1968
20th Anniversary march: 1983
Giles-Johnson: 1961-67
King holiday: 1968-86
DC civil rights: 1962-64
Bowie State: 1968
UMD Black Student Union: 1968-75
Stadium pickets: 1963-90
Terrence Johnson: 1979-80
March on Washington: 1963
Laurence G. Henry: 1960-61
March on DC: 1958
Cambridge, MD rights: 1963-67
DC Selma reaction: 1965
Prayer Pilgrimage: 1957
Demand open housing: 1963-66
MD civil rights: 1960-68
MLK assassinated: 1968
Glen Echo picket: 1960
Rockville, MD sit-in: 1960
Homes not roads: 1969
100 hour Hiser picket: 1960
DC rights warrior: 1960
Resistance to the Klan in MD:
African Liberation: 1972-86
DC Black Panthers: 1969-74
VA restaurant sit-ins: 1960
Racism at the Library of Congress: 1971-73
Children’s march for survival: 1972

Communists

Laundry strike: 1937
Cafeteria Local 471
Federal workers school
Interracial Dance: 1929
Communist Assn.: 1944
Anti-Deng protests: 1979
May Day: 1935
MD crab strike: 1938
Seamen march on DC: 1937
Md.-D.C. communists: 1920-65
Release John Porter: 1928
Bicentennial protests: 1976
Hunger Marches: 1931-32
Immigration rights: 1930
Rosenberg execution: 1953
Celanese strike: 1936
Passaic strike: 1926
Madalyn Murray O’Hair: 1963
DC unemployed protest: 1930
DC Red Scares
Marie Richardson remembered
Sammie Abbott appreciation
DC Scottsboro action: 1932-35
No police brutality: 1936-40
Police raid Progressives: 1948
Spanish Civil War: 1936-39
(New!) First Red Scare: 1919-25

D.C. Area Miscellaneous 

CCNV: 1973-1990
D.C. voting rights: 1932-64
Group Health: 1959
Hit and Stay: 1968-75
Homes not roads: 1969
Police raid Progressives: 1948
Sammie Abbott appreciation
Free Press battle: 1969
Surveying police surveyors: 1971-73

Fight Against Fascism

Spanish Civil War: 1936-39
Wallace in MD: 1964-72
Responding to the right: 1940-85
Liberation of Dachau: 1945
Off to fight fascism: 1942-45
Anti-fascist protests: 1930s
Resistance to the Klan in MD:

Immigrant Rights

Sacco & Vanzetti: 1920-27
Anti-deportation: 1940
Immigrant rights: 1977
Mt. Pleasant riot: 1991
Immigration rights: 1930
Meeting at Central Presbyterian: 1973

LBGT

LBGT rights: 1975-90
DC LGBT rights: 1965-74
MoCo gay teacher fired: 1972-73

Labor Movement

Safeway Jim Crow: 1935-41
Black postal clerks: 1868-1940
Government union: 1934
Patco strike: 1981
Laundry strike: 1937
Cafeteria Local 471
Federal workers school: 1937
Big Bill in DC: 1915
Price controls: 1946
Navy Yard wage cuts: 1921
Jim Crow at US Engraving: 1947-50
Tom Mooney in DC: 1939
Release John Porter: 1928
John L. Lewis in DC: 1935-69
Postal employees: 1934
Terrence Powderly: 1849-1924
Group Health: 1959
Debs in DC: 1921
Hotel workers: 1930-49
Celanese strike: 1936
DC truck strike: 1940 ca.
Transit strike: 1955
Transit strike: 1951
Samuel Gompers: 1850-1924
Passaic strike: 1926
Solidarity Day: 1981-82
Stadium pickets: 1963-90
D.C. Labor Meetings
Government workers: 1928
Communications workers: 1940-80
ATU 689 birth: 1916-17
D.C. area strike wave: 1945-46
Capital Transit strikes: 1945
Mother Jones 1837-1930
Taft-Hartley protests: 1947
Seamen march on DC: 1937
WPA protests: 1936-40
Interracial strike: 1937
DC streetcar women: 1943-61
MoCo teachers strike: 1968
MD crab strike: 1938
Marie Richardson remembered
Fighting Capital Transit racism: 1941-55
Post busts pressmen’s union: 1975
Post printers lockout: 1973
K. Graham burned in effigy: 1976
DC Metro wildcats strikes: 1978
Farmworkers Safeway boycott: 1973
Transit strike: 1974
Confrontation at Mineral Pigment: 1973
On the job murder at Metro: 1974
Racism at the Library of Congress: 1971-73
Terps at issue in hotel fight: 1974
Union fight at Lanham hotel: 1974
Hotel workers hit GOP: 1974
Say no to Rhodesian chrome: 1973
Caucus pickets steel talks: 1977
Farah boycott: 1973
May Day picket: 1974
Teamsters strike Safeway: 1974
Meatcutters strike betrayed: 1973
Retail clerks lose strike: 1974
ATU Local 689: No Service 1974
Union staff strike NEA union: 1974
People’s Drug strike: 1974
Fairfax Hotel strike: 1974
(new!) Painters strike: 1937
(new!) Longshore battle: 1951-54
(new!) Wartime strikes: 1942-45
(new!) First Red Scare: 1919-25

Marijuana

Honor America Day: 1970
Yippie smoke-in: 1973
Legalize pot: 1979

Miscellaneous

Revolutionary culture
Random radicals
Statement flags: 1930-75

National Liberation & Anti-Imperialism

(For Indochina War, see Vietnam War)

GW Sino Soviet: 1969
DC Area SDS: 1963-69
War against Iraq: 1991
Spanish Civil War: 1936-39
NSA-CIA to NLF: 1967-71
Palestine protest: 1971
Puerto Rican nationalists: 1950-54
Irish republicans: 1919-21
No to imperialism: 1920-90
African liberation: 1972-86
Free 12 Iranian artists: 1973
Say no to Rhodesian chrome: 1973
CIA out of Greece: 1974
Down with the Shah: 1974
Keep out of Mideast war: 1973
Antiwar: 1917

Prison Rights

Rebellion against system: DC jail 1972
DC Women’s Detention Center: 1973
Tear the walls down: 1973
DC jail uprising trial: 1974

Slave Resistance/Revolts/Military Action

Escape from slavery: 1853-58
Frederick Douglas: 1818-1895
Fight for freedom: 1861-65
MD slave revolt: 1845
African American GAR: 1930-35

Socialism

Debs in D.C.: 1921
People’s Party: 1972

Students

Catholic U strike: 1967
Youth Congress: 1934-41
Anti-deportation: 1940
NSA-CIA to NLF: 1967-71
DC area SDS: 1963-69
No forced ROTC: 1930-70
GW Sino Soviet: 1969
Bowie State: 1968
UMD Black Student Union: 1968-75
Howard U protests: 1967
U of MD ignites: 1970
Cutbacks and layoffs must stop at the U. of MD: 1973
ROTC off campus: U of MD 1971
U of MD antiwar protests: 1972
Terps at issue in hotel fight: 1974
MoCo teachers strike: 1968
Rennie Davis at Montgomery College: 1973

Transit in the DC Area

Group Health: 1959
Exact bus fare: 1968
D.C. streetcar women: 1943-60
Transit strike: 1974
ATU 689 birth: 1916-17
On the job murder at Metro: 1974
ATU Local 689: No Service 1974
Fighting Capital Transit racism: 1941-55
Transit strike: 1955
Transit strike: 1951
Capital Transit strikes; 1945
DC Metro wildcat strikes: 1978

U.S. National Domestic Politics & Issues

Farmers’ protest: 1977-85
No social security cuts: 1981
Earth Day: 1970
Price controls: 1946
Townsend pension plan: 1936
Bicentennial protests: 1976
Chippewas protest on the Mall: 1970
Throw the Bum Out: 1973-74
Wanted: William E Colby 1973
Madalyn Murray O’Hair: 1963
BIA takeover: 1972

Unemployed

Mr. Zero in DC: 1921-32
Hunger marches: 1931-32
Bonus Army: 1932-34
Coxey’s army: 1894-44
Jobless: 1949
Youth Congress: 1934-41
D.C. unemployed protest: 1930
WPA protests: 1936-40
Unemployed League: 1934
Workers Alliance: 1935-40
Cutbacks and layoffs must stop at the U of MD: 1973
No cuts in jobless benefits: 1975-77

Veterans

Bonus Army: 1932-34
Dewey Canyon III: 1971
African American GAR: 1930-35
Vets march on the White House: 1974
Servicemen demand bonus: 1973
VA target of vets picket: 1974
Vets hit military court: 1974
Demanding justice at Justice: 1974

Vietnam War

Protest Viet partition: 1954
DC area SDS: 1963-69
Antiwar: 1967
DC antiwar: 1971
DC national antiwar rally: 1970
NSA-CIA to NLF: 1967-71
Dewey Canyon III: 1971
Chicago 8/7 conspiracy: 1968-70
DC Weather bombings: 1971-75
DC Anti-Vietnam War: 1968
DC Anti-Vietnam War: 1966
Hit and stay: 1968-75
Largest Anti-Viet War protest: 1971
Moratorium: Oct. 1969
Anti-draft protests: 1947-72
Howard U protests: 1967
Moratorium: Nov. 1969
Mayday: May 5, 1971
Honor America Day: 1970
DC anti-Vietnam War: 1965
Mayday: May 4, 1971
Mayday: May 3, 1971
Mayday: May 2, 1971
Mayday: May 1, 1971
March on Pentagon: 1967
Republican convention: 1972
Rennie Davis at Montgomery College: 1973
U of MD ignites: 1970
Counter-Inaugural: 1969
Inauguration protest: 1973
ROTC off campus: U of MD 1971
DC Anti-Vietnam War: 1972
U of MD antiwar protests: 1972
Final march: Vietnam War 1975
March on the Pentagon: 1972
Wanted: William E. Colby: 1973
(New!) Harrisburg 7: 1971-72

Women’s Rights

Abortion rights: 1989
Green Guards: 1940
Women’s vote: 1910-20
Women against war: 1920-80
Jeanette Rankin: 1914-40
Women’s International League 1915-90
Universal childcare: 1971
DC streetcar women: 1943-60
Women’s rights: 1970
DC Abortion: 1972
Ratify the ERA: 1976
MD crab strike: 1938
Marie Richardson remembered

Washington Area Spark Historical

Washington Area Spark
Spark and On The Move mastheads
Photographers of Spark & On the Move
Images published in Spark
Images published in On The Move
Spark and On The Move in action: 1973-74
Spark and On The Move trivia
Two children at Spark house: 1972
Mike Quatro concert: 1972

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