May Day Greetings!

Walter Crane, May Day

Walter Crane (1845 – 1915) was a well known English artist and book illustrator in the Victorian era. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement, along with William Morris. Alongside other figures from these groups, Crane was involved in rebirth of the English Socialist movement in the 1880’s. These prints, above and below, were part of the beginnings of the international socialist mayday celebrations amongst working class communities in this period, where the traditional peasant celebrations of the beginnings of summertime around Beltaine / Mayday, merged with the rising new industrial working class across the world, and its desire for liberty.

Walter Crane Workers Maypole

Walter Crane Workers Maypole

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