Audio Recordings "Things got better when the war came, everyone was making a little more."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Howard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects Child Labor
Economic Aspects of War
New Jersey
Oral History
Shoe Shiners
Sound Recordings
Work Processes
World War
"Things got better when the war came, everyone was making a little more."
Contributor Names
Jones, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  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
-  Interview with Howard Jones, worm farmer.
-  Summary of audio segment: "I'd give my mom some of the money and I'd buy clothes and improve my business. I bought a new shoe shine box -- a fifty caliber machine gun box that all the better shiners had. Got a metal foot rest and then a fine big mohair brush. There were different grades of brushes and rags. I put some back in the business and then little odds and ends that I wanted. Didn't buy junk. I went to the movies once a week. Things got better as the war came, everyone started making a little more. It got to where my mother could afford to give us a little more than she was before."
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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