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On Labor Day, celebrate the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker

Rub a dub dub,

Three men in a tub,

And who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker,

The candlestick maker.

Turn them out, knaves all three.

Working men and women and their contributions have been recognized on Labor Day for more than a century. ¶ New York State created a Labor Day holiday in 1887, and a Congressional Act in 1894 designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day throughout the country. ¶ As we celebrate the holiday, Buffalo News photographer Robert Kirkham went back to a childhood nursery rhyme for a view of some modern American workers with some very traditional jobs: the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker.

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