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May Day

1 May 1990
BG A56/775

By the end of the 19th century the idea was launched to make the first of May a day to fight for the eight-hour day in both the American and the European labour movements.

The Italian Postal Services commemorated 100 years of May Day in 1990. The figurines on the postage stamp were taken from the painting 'The Fourth Estate' (by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, 1901) that became famous because of Bertolucci's film 'Novecento' (1976) The red flag was pushed far into the background.