Audio Recording "They put in well over 70 hours a week."

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"They put in well over 70 hours a week."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: AS remembers that the hours were horrendous. When AS was a kid his father opened the business at 8 and closed every night at 9. And Fridays and Saturdays is was open until 10 or 11 at night. They put in well over 70 hours a week. AS says if they hadn't lived over the store he wouldn't know his father, because the hours were so long. And it didn't matter how hard it snowed or rained,you stayed open, never knew when you could pick up that odd customer. AS remembers in good weather it would get to 9 at night, and all of a sudden some customers would walk in. They would be on foot, because 21st Avenue was always a busy street, with the movie theater, etc., and all the stores stayed open until late hours. So many nights father wouldn't be out in the store until 10 or 10:30 at night. Never took a vacation.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A020
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "They put in well over 70 hours a week.". -09-12, 1994. Audio.

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Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "They put in well over 70 hours a week.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "They put in well over 70 hours a week.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.