Audio Recording "You did most of your business on Saturday, but the whole pattern of life has changed."
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- "You did most of your business on Saturday, but the whole pattern of life has changed."
- Contributor Names
- Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
- Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
- Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- 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: MS says they were married on a Sunday, and their children were too. It had to be. Didn't dare interfere with the business. Saturday was the big day. Many times they were invited to weddings, and MS would go to the wedding ceremony, and AS would get to the reception. AS says when his father was younger and three of them were in the business, and AS had a good employee who became a friend, there were Saturday's when he could take off. But Saturday in those days was always the day when you were busiest. That's not true anymore. Wednesday might be your busy day now, you just don't know. Because patterns, shopping patterns have changed a great deal. Have patterns of work among clientele changed too? AS says yes, definitely. For one thing, a lot of his customers are older, because so much emphasis in on the orthopedics, so many clients are older, are home. And people have much more time for themselves today. Not everybody has to squeeze everything into a Saturday. Back when AS was young, those who worked in the factories worked from 8 to 5, and AS can remember the whistles blowing, and people would rush home for lunch, and then rush back to work again. You could hear those whistles blowing. And then they'd be out at 4:30 or 5. That's why so many of the stores stayed open at night, because that's when you did your business. And many of the factories were open on Saturday morning. They worked from 8 to 12. So you did most of your business on Saturday.
- 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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Chicago citation style:
Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "You did most of your business on Saturday, but the whole pattern of life has changed.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003963/.
APA citation style:
Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "You did most of your business on Saturday, but the whole pattern of life has changed.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003963/.
MLA citation style:
Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "You did most of your business on Saturday, but the whole pattern of life has changed.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003963/>.