Audio Recordings "Those were beautiful, wonderful days."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Howard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
Paterson
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Child Labor
Economic Aspects of War
Ethnography
Interviews
New Jersey
Oral History
Shoe Shiners
Sound Recordings
Wages
Work Processes
World War
Title
"Those were beautiful, wonderful days."
Contributor Names
Jones, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-28
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Child labor--New Jersey
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Wages
-  Economic aspects of war
-  Shoe shiners
-  World War, 1939-1945
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Howard Jones, worm farmer.
-  Summary of audio segment: "I used to shine shoes until twelve or one at night. No shoe shine boys now; kids don't do things like that nowadays. They're getting $2.00 for shoe shines now -- I was getting a nickel! I helped raise the price to 10 cents during the war. We had shoe shine parlors then. I travelled all over town. You don't go on someone else's corner; police harassed us in the uptown area because they were protecting the older shoe shiners. We'd do politicians and lawyers up there, but cops would take our shoe shine boxes. I went to certain bars; I had a team with me and I'd make music with a rag and the other boy would tap dance. But I didn't look black, so I got by and wouldn't get kicked out of places. I used to make more than my mother made all week just in a weekend. My mother made $12.00 a week, and I made that on the weekend. People would tip.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01802

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