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Historical Item

Name: "Help Wanted - No Irish Need Apply" Sign

Category: Sign

Size/weight: Weights almost nothing, just big enough to be seen in a shop window

Rarity: Signs like this were seen all over in the late 1800s and early 1900s

Value: Worth nothing, could be handmade or bought from any signmaker

Uses: To discriminate against Irish immigrants while searching for employees

Description (ca. 1921):
After the Great Potato Famine that hit Ireland in the mid-1800s, immigrants from Ireland flooded New York and Massachusetts searching for a new home. Many found that life in America was no easier than in Ireland, and there was an enormous amount of discrimination against them. Skilled workers were often turned away from good jobs because of their heritage and many ended up getting low paying factory jobs with inhumane hours.
Signs like this one were seen in many shop windows for decades, announcing that the immigrants weren't welcome there.