From the Digital Collections: Labor Day Celebrations

The Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department, circa 1940s.

The Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department, circa 1940s.

Labor Day festivities were a time for laughter and outrageous jokes. In this photograph, circa the 1940s, members of the Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department, in drag, celebrate ”Miss Firehose of 1905,” who ”Still keeps her dates and town alive.”

Pictured in the driver’s seat from left to right are: unidentified, Gordon Crosby, and Claude Brown. Don Anderson is in the foreground, wearing a blonde wig [and ”beach pajamas,” a 1930s fashion statement]. Reclining in back is Miss Firehose, Joe Chevalier.