Audio Recording Rose Vecchierella's work history

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Rose Vecchierella's work history
Contributor Names
Vecchierella, Rose (Narrator)
Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Hours of labor
-  Clothing industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- West Paterson
-  The following is a catalog of an interview with retired garment worker Rose Vecchierella at her home in West Paterson, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: Rose's early jobs. "My first job was at the Bevel Glass Company. But that banged up, so then I got a job in undergarments -- sewing. And that was Garfinkel and Ridder. Then I quit that job 'cause a new factory came in from New York. That was, ah, they just moved in from New York and that's how we brought in our union. And I got the job in there. I even forgot the name. It was on Market Street, that shop. I was making good money there, you know. And then from there I got married and I had my children. And the bosses always came after me to go back to work. . . . So, in the meantime, I got a baby. My boss came for me and my mother-in-law said she'd mind the baby and I went back to work. G & J was that [company]. G & J they moved in from New York. . . . Then I became a fore-lady there. And we had the union come in. Oh, gee, I tell you when you look back. Then my second baby came, so I, my mother raised that because I got sick, I got gall bladder attack. So she said "Give me the baby, I'll take care of her." And she took care of that baby. And so then I got a job on [name of street] in Delora (sp?), that was another undergarment [factory], 'cause it was nearer my mother's house, you know. I could go home and feed that baby and then go back to work. So that's how I did there. So, then, what happened then? After that they came for me again and I went to another shop. Holiday Pajamas. That was the best shop. The darn people from Virginia came over and talked to my bosses and they moved to Virginia and we all lost our jobs after seventeen years working there. But it banged up anyway."
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Vecchierella, Rose, and David Alan Taylor. Rose Vecchierella's work history. -08-09, 1994. Audio.

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Vecchierella, Rose, and David Alan Taylor. Rose Vecchierella's work history. -08-09, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.