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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 1920.
My Own Shop
The landscape disfigurers of the Thos. Cusack Co.
By R. S. Rizwell
When the big Tire, flour mill and other large poorly paid. These men will risk there lives clamb-
corporations that sell to the public have no other ering around on roof tops, hoisting themselves to
more profitable place to invest their Capital, they dizzy hieghts, balancing on firewalls and sliding
put it into advertising. This accounts for the ex- ropes for no more than five or six dollars a day.
instance of the Company that I work for,, the Thos. All this with no assurance from the company in
Cusack Co. case of accident or death. This goes to show what
This is the largest outdoor advertising Corp- the working class may be subjected to.
oration in the world. It has branches established So far, the workers in this industry are thor-
in every large city in the County. These branches oughly conservative. There is one thing though
are so-called sign studios, which are little more that I will say for them, they are CRAFT con-
than centers of operation to deface the cities and scious to the highest degree. Let us hope that it
countrysides of the nation. will not be long until these workers are CLASS
Who has not to their dislike seen the great conscious,
walls of the cities made hideous by huge vari For my self I am convinced that the corn
colored advertisements ? Who, on the highway, has mercial business that I and my fellow craftsmen
not seen otherwise beautiful landscapes mar- are now engaged in will not last very long. My
red by the objectionable commercialism of sign- trade disappears with the abolition of capitalism,
boards? This is unessential, even detrimental, in- but I am not worried. There are many other things
dustry, yet thousands of workers are engaged in to be done, and there will be one consolation, that
it. we will not go colorblind from those develish mot-
For many years the Thos Cusack Co. has been leyed signs,
a union shop, but only because their greatest com- And best of all, who knows, when the strug
petitor, the 0. J. Gude Co. of New York, up until gle comes, the final struggle between capital and
a short time ago, was a closed shop. I have seen in labor, but what these very men, who are now en
some cities of the country, and this is a migratory gaged in upholding capitalist commercialism will
trade and I have been in no few of them, where be directing their talents for the last time in de
union labor was highly exploited in order to corating the country with revolutionary slogans.
squeeze the Gude company out. Imagine, Labor
taking sides with one section of Capitalists against This is a joko. We know a worker who was
another. called into the- bosses' office the day before
Some people believe that the men who paint election. "I hear you are a Red, are you going
pretty pictures on walls and bulletins are highly to vote for Debs" te boss enquired. "I should
paid. Very seldom does the wage of an out-door say not," was the answer. "Geo, being a Com-
advertiser reach an average above that of the lminiat saved my liff," he told us.
Carpenter and the Bricklayer. I have seen men
who are really artists, men who are capable of As a part of the celebration of the third an
greater things, hoist themselves up on a scaffold, niversary of the Russian Revolution the Corn
many stories above the ground, and put their best mdssariait of Justice freed great numbers of
efforts into a huge unsightly picture containing political prisoners. Of course that is not a
hundreds of square feet. And all this for less than hunch for our Department of Justice but then
ten dollars a day. wo havo no revolution to celobralte.
And then there is the helper, the assistant
who cleans the brushes, swings the scaffold and If the present indutsrial "depression" can
fills in the big spaces with "mops". Even this tinues, we shall soon learn from our masters
work requires no little experience, and more nerve how "immoral" is the government's policy of
than experience. If a helper has not been in the blockade of Russia. The necessity for profits ae
business any more than three years he is very the final arbiter.