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National Recovery Administration "Blue Eagle"

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Catalog Information

Title
National Recovery Administration "Blue Eagle"
Accession Number
2017.024.0104
Date Added
8/24/2020 11:29:08 AM
Type
Other Historical Document
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Misc
Collection Description
Misc
Source
Bob Underhill
Format Description
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Search Engine Type
CreativeWork
The Great Depression of the 1930's caused business demand to plummet and with it prices and wages to a point that often added to the overall problem. The National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 was a voluntary program in which business groups agreed upon minimum wages and prices, and maximum hours that they would operate each week.  Though participation was widespread, the legislation was struck down by the US Supreme Court in 1935.  Certain key provisions were resurrected later that year with the National Labor Relations Act.  

Businesses that enrolled in the program were allowed to display the NRA Blue Eagle emblem shown in the cover photo.  Locally businesses were quick to enroll.  They could begin enrollment Aug. 1st and just a week later on Aug. 9th the Rutland Daily Herald noted that there were already 212 in the program locally (article below).  Plumley's Grocery in North Clarendon is one of the businesses noted in that article. They likely had been part of the accord with the grocers in Rutland.  For more information on Plumley's, see the North Clarendon Grocery - Original Location and the Plumley's Store & Filling Station entries in the Buildings & Enterprises collection. 

The Wikipedia article explaining the Blue Eagle program in detail can be found at this link.

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