Audio Recordings "Paterson was the Silk City at the time, I guess you've heard of that."

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Title
"Paterson was the Silk City at the time, I guess you've heard of that."
Contributor Names
McDowell, Rev. Louis (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-30
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Child labor--New Jersey
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Barbershops
-  Economic aspects of war
-  Shoe shiners
-  McDowell's Barber Shop (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Reverend Louis McDowell, owner, McDowell's Barber Shop.
-  Summary of audio segment: I learned a lot because I was a young shoe shiner in a shop at age fourteen. The shop was at 132 Broadway, Mr. Blondo was his name. Everybody shoe shined on the street and he asked if I wanted to come into his shop; I would run errands for him like getting soles and leather. Had no deliveries in those days. We used to shine anywhere. In the 1930s, lots of rich people came and visited and stayed in Alexander Hamilton Hotel. Remembers one lady who had perfume and had nice brown shoes and it was a nickel, but she gave a dime. I never will forget her and her perfume; you could smell her across the street. Kids were raised different in those days. Paterson was the silk city at the time, I guess you've heard of that. A lot of good things went on, even in the Depression. And then in 1933 things started getting better, leading up to the war in Europe.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A022
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla02205
Online Format
audio

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

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Chicago citation style:

Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "Paterson was the Silk City at the time, I guess you've heard of that.". -08-30, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003674/. (Accessed December 08, 2016.)

APA citation style:

McDowell, R. L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "Paterson was the Silk City at the time, I guess you've heard of that.". -08-30. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003674/.

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Mcdowell, Rev. Louis, and Susan Levitas. "Paterson was the Silk City at the time, I guess you've heard of that.". -08-30, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003674/>.