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Audio Recording "He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring."

"He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring."

About this Item


  • "He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring."


  • Pizza, Joseph (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-08


  • -  Vocational education
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Family occupational traditions
  • -  Tailor shops
  • -  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
  • -  Ritz Tailor and Cleaning (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Joe Pizza, owner, Ritz Tailor and Cleaning on 21st Avenue.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: Father learned tailoring skills in Italy, in Naples. JP learned from him. Father taught him, said learn the skill, put it aside, if you need it you'll have something. JP learned at home, not in his father's shop. Takes time, don't learn overnight. JP began to learn the trade when he came out of the hospital, when he had a lot of time. When getting back on his feet, it was still the Depression, and JP saw people out of work, so he learned, kept the skill, and thought he might "restore it someday".


  • Digital Audio Tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A002

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:

Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring.". -08-08, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Pizza, J. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring.". -08-08. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "He showed me all the rudiments of tailoring.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.