Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Orleans 1885: Workman's Tickets.....

For many weeks after the exposition's December 16th opening, numerous laborers were still required on the incomplete exposition grounds. To identify these workers from paying visitors, daily workman's tickets were issued to all contractors, framers, roofers, glaziers, painters, brick-layers, plumbers, and landscapers. The tickets were produced in several colors, which allowed for simple authentication of any particular day's ticket. The valid date was displayed within the colored background, with the ticket's identifying information printed on top. Similar tickets were again used in late-1885, during the opening weeks of the North, Central and South American Exposition. Below are three examples of workman's tickets, issued during late-December of 1884:

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