Audio Recordings Shining shoes outside Near's Drug Store

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Leonard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
Paterson
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Child Labor
Ethnography
Interviews
New Jersey
Oral History
Shoe Shiners
Sound Recordings
Title
Shining shoes outside Near's Drug Store
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-19
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Child labor--New Jersey
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Shoe shiners
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
-  Summary of audio segment: Shined shoes near Near's Drug Store which had been part of the Underground Railroad at corner of Bridge and Broadway. Knew how to pop rag; could still do that today. Made his first shine box at school from an orange box, then bought two brushes, two rags, two cans of polish, two bottles of wash, and two daubers and you're in business; a lot of kids were doing this. When any kid tried to take your shoe box, you'd hit him on his hand with a pipe which we all carried in our box, nine times out of ten, he stops. On weekends, every corner where traffic was was taken. You'd have to get out right after dinner on weeknights. Had to be off the streets by a certain time or the police would pick you up and take you to your mother. Good corners were Market and Church at Alexander Hamilton Hotel, Broadway and Bridge by Near's Drug Store, Paterson and Market Street by Bickford's Restaurant and railroad station across the street, and Market and Main, Broadway and Main was good, and well-frequented bars. Did it from age nine to age thirteen.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01701


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