Audio Recordings "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Leonard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Food Industry
Industrial Facilities
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Work Processes
"I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Industrial facilities
-  Food industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
-  Summary of audio segment: In the summer I worked until I left school at 18, Then got a job at Wellworth's Pickles located behind the gas houses on Riverside where they dispensed gas. I worked there for two years, I left there and went to the wire mill. Heard about the pickle factory from brother. In the winter time they closed down, in the summer they would hire people. I was a loader; mostly girls packed them. Then I worked the brining machine. That required timing; you had to be able to grab a jar at the right time and put it under the briner. It would come out of a hopper and you had to put the jar under it; had to have coordination; spilled a lot at first; but it was fun after a while, I tried to beat the machine. I was good; after a while I could do it and stop and look at it. When you got speed, you could slow down; once you get used it it and know how it operates you have the control over it. I could do it with my eyes closed. After a while you don't smell the pickles anymore, but you got out and no matter what you do or how much you wash you still smell like a pickle; that's why I left the job after the second year. I'd leave work on a Friday and on Sunday I'd still smell like a pickle so I said "I can't have this" -- I was losing out on my dates. So I gave it up and went into another trade. I started working at the wire mill.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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