The TIME Magazine Vault
gardeners, spring officially begins the minute they stroll through the local flower show and receive their newest seed catalogue and many of them have. In Milwaukee, nearly 100,000 people recently walked out of snow and subfreezing temperatures straight into a lush garden where a stone Saint Francis of Assisi stood by a gurgling waterfall and fields of flowering forsythia and geraniums. In Kansas City, Mo., the theme was ‘A Circus of Flowers,’ with a candy striped circus tent summoning up a gay, summer air. For the opening of Cleveland’s 23rd show, neither blizzards nor bone chilling winds sweeping off of ice covered Lake Erie could deter 18,000 hardy hobbyists.”
May Day and Labor
In the 1920s, as communist, socialist and labor movements spread particularly in Europe the first day of May took on even more importance as a holiday for workers. In 1929, TIME explained why: “To old fashioned people, May Day means flowers, grass, picnics, children, clean frocks,” the magazine noted. “To up and doing Socialists and Communists it means speechmaking, parading, bombs, brickbats, conscientious violence. This connotation dates back hermes shoes for men replica
to May Day, 1886, when some 200,000 U. S. workmen engineered a nationwide strike for an eight hour day.”
May 18 Is Endangered Species Day
“According to Interior Secretary Stewart L. Udall, no fewer than 78 native American species 14 mammals, 36 birds, six reptiles and 22 varieties of fish are on the brink of vanishing from the earth forever,” TIME noted in its coverage of the first animals covered by the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. “In almost every case, their deadly enemy is man. The Florida alligators are on the decline because of commercial poachers; the Atlantic sturgeon because of polluted waters; the peregrine falcon because of farmers’ pesticides; the dusky seaside sparrow because of the mosquito control program at Cape Kennedy.”.