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Audio Recording "It was a family business started in the '20s."

"It was a family business started in the '20s."

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  • "It was a family business started in the '20s."


  • Hardy, Charles "Chuck" (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-09-09


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Textile industry
  • -  Silk industry
  • -  Weaving
  • -  Family-run businesses
  • -  Joseph Teshon Co. Inc. (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Charles "Chuck" Hardy, plant manager of Joseph Teshon, Inc., a fabric-weaving mill in Paterson, New Jersey. The interview is being conducted on September 9, 1994, in an office at the mill.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: History of Joseph Teshon, Inc. The family business started around the 1920s; two generations of the Teshon family ran it; by the 1970s, a member of the third generation--Ralph Teshon--didn't want to retain the business and he sold it to the Lasek family around 1981; first Teshon plant was located elsewhere in Paterson and moved to present location (which used to be the site of a winery); Ralph Teshon is still alive, but Chuck doesn't think he lives in the area; the Laseks kept the same staff at the plant; the plant manager before Chuck, Al, worked at theplant for over 40 years. The Laseks were interested in acquiring the company because they had been a customer of Teshon's.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A022

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Hardy, Charles "Chuck", and David Alan Taylor. "It was a family business started in the '20s.". -09-09, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Hardy, C. ". & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "It was a family business started in the '20s.". -09-09. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Hardy, Charles "Chuck", and David Alan Taylor. "It was a family business started in the '20s.". -09-09, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.