Hey there, procrastinators!

Two men standing near roadside signs declaring that roadwork is a WPA program paid for by taxes.

Hey there, procrastinators! Today's post in advance of tomorrow's tax filing deadline has us visiting Charles Krampf (left) and Walter O. Howe (right) of the Cattaraugus County (N.Y.) Taxpayers Association. Text associated with this ca. 1935 photograph says that the two are "show[ing] what they think the signs on public projects should say" as part of a promotional campaign for a newly drafted law about to be proposed at the next session of the New York legislature that would make it mandatory to post signs giving credit to taxpayers on all public works.

This photograph is part of Hagley Library's collection of Chamber of Commerce of the United States photographs and audiovisual materials, Series II. Nation's Business photographs (Accession 1993.230.II). This series contains more than 15,000 original photographs that were taken for publication in the the Chamber of Commerce of the United States' magazine, Nation's Business. The images date from the 1890s to 2004, with a bulk of the material dating from the 1940s through the 1960s.

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Chamber members range from small businesses and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. The Chamber traces its origins to an April 22, 1912, conference of commercial and trade organizations called by President William Howard Taft. The goal was to form a national group to advise the government on issues facing industry and business throughout the country.​

Nation’s Business was a monthly publication from the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. The Chamber used the publication to inform the business community about commercial trends and to solidify political support around key positions on government policies regarding business and economic life. 

Nation's Business is call number f HF1.N38 in the Hagley Library's Published Collections Department; our holdings cover all the years of its publication (1912 to 1999), with most volumes included in their entirety.  All of the issues in our collection of Nation's Business from 1915 on have been digitized - you can view them online now by clicking here or view a digital collection of Chamber of Commerce of the United States photographs, videos, and publications by clicking here.