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Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association Broadside

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 18 Dec 2020

Biographical History

"The Philadelphia Labour for Labour Store was the first instantiation in America of Josiah Warren's 'Labour Exchange' scheme, in which hours of labor were exchanged for commercial goods. Warren's aim was to abolish money transactions and to make it possible for "producers with little or no maintain their economic independence by establishing co-operative retail stores" (Commons, History of Labour in the United States, p. 95). In the same year, 1828, Warren established the most famous of the American Labor Exchanges, the Cincinnati Time Store, in Cincinnati; the enterprise was highly succesful, even issuing its own "labor note" currency, but Warren closed the business in 1830 to pursue the establishment of his utopian colonies at "Utopia" (Ohio) and "Modern Times" (New York), where his anarchist commercial theories were put into community-wide practice." [from dealer catalog]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association Broadside is a single sheet, printed on one side, listing seven products available at the Labour for Labour Store of Philadelphia, a co-operative enterprise established in 1828 by followers of American proto-anarchist Josiah Warren. Items include "Lemon Acid" and "Golden Tincture." It is a .

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Warren, Josiah, 1798-1874.

Corporate Bodies

Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)


Anarchism -- United States.
Anti-globalization movement.
Cooperative societies -- United States.


Philadelphia (Pa.)

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Producers' Exchange of Labour for Labour Association Broadside,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2020.

Table of Contents

Printed material