In the peak years of organized labour at the cotton mills, Howard Smith paper mill and Courtaulds/TCF, Labour Day Parades were an annual happening on the streets of Cornwall.
This photo from the 1953 Parade sports three happy fellas in a Valley Auto Wreckers vintage truck.
In 1955 Howard Smith’s float theme was 2,000 years of paper making history. While popularized in 105 AD, paper making as we know it can be traced back to ca. 100 BC. Papyrus, on the other hand, dates to 3,000 BC.
This photo from the 1958 Parade was the Courtaulds TCF entry, with a theme of Pioneers in Packaging.
That same year Howard Smith was celebrating its 75th anniversary. Milestones are listed on the float for the years 1883, 1888, 1919, 1927, 1945 and 1958 .
Also in 1958 Courtaulds was showcasing its tire fibre.
Kingcot was a Canada Cottons brand; they were sporting an Hawaiian theme in 1958.
These and many more historic photos can be accessed in the SD&G Historical Society Archives at your Cornwall Community Museum during regular hours.