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'40s flashback: Sears sale, Swan Cleaners strike made news in decade

A few weeks ago, Cap Scrap showed American Locomotive employees on strike. This week it’s the ladies’ turn. Women at Swan Cleaners walked a picket line for better conditions in February 1948.
A few weeks ago, Cap Scrap showed American Locomotive employees on strike. This week it’s the ladies’ turn. Women at Swan Cleaners walked a picket line for better conditions in February 1948.
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“Oil-o-Matic” was a key word for some people during the 1940s. For others, “auction” “strike” and “international relations” were in personal vocabularies. Williams “Oil-o-Matic” Heating was a Schenectady business that kept some city homes warm during cold weather. People might have been looking for oil heaters at the Sears-Roebuck auction sale in 1946, but they probably didn’t find any. There seemed to be a big crowd in the store anyway, hoping to take home bargains ...


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