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Orizaba: 1924 / 1930. Two photographs showing the orchestra and the executive committee for the National Electricians Union of Orizaba, Veracruz. The first was taken by the photographer Moyoraga and the second by F. Herazo. Each is a silver gelatin photograph measuring 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches, or the reverse, on embossed cardboard mounts; light wear. (Item ID: 3823)

Orizaba has a long history of labor organization. In the 1870's and 80's, Orizaba and Puebla were centers of syndicalist militancy and in 1883 textile workers went on strike at Orizaba, the site of a workers' uprising in 1907, and the center of twentieth century revolutionary syndicalism.

The Sindicato Obreros Electricistas was organized in Mexico City in 1914. By 1927 they built their first union headquarters in Mexico City and organized a huge strike in 1936 that gave the union the right to strike and variously retirement benefits.

Shown here are the thirteen piece orchestra and the nine members of the union's executive committee. A far cry from the revolutionary image of the earlier union organization.

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