Audio Recording "Men with professions were only too glad to clean the yard to make a dollar."
About this Item
- "Men with professions were only too glad to clean the yard to make a dollar."
- Contributor Names
- Pizza, Joseph (Narrator)
- Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Italian Americans
- - Unemployment
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Work ethic
- - Family occupational traditions
- - Family economy
- - 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
- - Ritz Tailor and Cleaning (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Joe Pizza, owner, Ritz Tailor and Cleaning on 21st Avenue.
- - Summary of audio segment: JP talks about the Depression. Professional men only too glad to clean a yard to make a dollar. Men who went to college. And there was no welfare then. You got anything you could to make a living. Young people today, even in their 20s, say they wouldn't work for that kind of money, but they don't know what things were like. JP compares parents of today with parents of Depression era. Parents knew how to make do, would do anything to survive. Could sew, darn, could do anything. JP remembers fixing his own shoes. TC asks how JP got the skill to fix shoes. JP says he figured it out, and must have done well, because he fixed everybody else's shoes too. JP even cut hair, watched guys in the barber shop, thought he could do it, and did a good job when he tried it. But you have to try anything if you want to make a dollar. A drive to make a buck for yourself, and help your family too.
- 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
ContributorsCarroll, Thomas D.
Subjects21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Family Occupational Traditions
Ritz Tailor and Cleaning (Paterson, N.J.)
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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:
Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Men with professions were only too glad to clean the yard to make a dollar.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003853/. (Accessed April 27, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Pizza, J. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Men with professions were only too glad to clean the yard to make a dollar.". -08-08. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003853/.
MLA citation style:
Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Men with professions were only too glad to clean the yard to make a dollar.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003853/>.