Audio Recordings "My next job was in a wire mill, I was a wire insulator."
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- "My next job was in a wire mill, I was a wire insulator."
- Contributor Names
- Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Labor Unions
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Work processes
- - Work ethic
- - Industrial facilities
- - Economic aspects of war
- - World War, 1939-1945
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
- - Summary of audio segment: Became a wire insulator at the wire mill; you insulate fine wire, fine as your hair; took a couple of years to learn how to do that; worked there for fourteen years and five years in another place. "I mastered it pretty good." One was called Universal Manufacturing - they made the ballast for flourescent lamps - worked there fourteen years. The first one he worked for was American Wire Corps on California Avenue making copper wire until the war when we started making trip wire -- olive drab; then we went back into copper, and he closed down. Then I went into the service and when I came out I worked at Universal. Universal was in the Riverside section. I liked machinery I liked to use my hands; in that you had to use your hands and your brain, it was a challenge. You were always doing something, it wasn't like doing one thing only, you had to take care of machines-- oil and grease them see that they're taken care of so they'll run properly for you. The more I took care of them, the more time I had to sit down; that was my downfall, because they didn't like me sitting down, even though I had done my job. . . . I told them, 'I'm not here to see how much work I can do, I'm here to see how much work I can't do.'" His job was to see that machines ran well; "that was a union shop and I couldn't have said that to them if it wasn't. As an operator, my job was to keep the machines running, but they still didn't like it.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
Economic Aspects of War
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "My next job was in a wire mill, I was a wire insulator.". -08-19, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003640/. (Accessed October 23, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Jones, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "My next job was in a wire mill, I was a wire insulator.". -08-19. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003640/.
MLA citation style:
Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "My next job was in a wire mill, I was a wire insulator.". -08-19, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003640/>.