Photo, Print, Drawing Milagros Cueto.

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Milagros Cueto.
Contributor Names
Cueto, Milagros "Millie" (Depicted)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Photographer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Dressmaking
-  Ethnographic photographs
-  Dominican Americans
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Elsa's Wholesale & Retail (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Forms part of a group of images documenting Elsa's, a clothing store and gift shop on the avenue.
-  Millie served as interpreter when I spoke with Aurora Goicoechea; I interviewed both women, first Millie, then Millie together with Aurora. Millie is working hard to learn English, and is the main reason why Elsa Mantilla, the owner of the business Millie works for, began making dresses to order. Millie has the experience and the savvy to operate the business and make it work. Elsa contributes her resources, her great energy, and her vast range of contacts in the Spanish-speaking community of Paterson and the surrounding area. Elsa also sews, though she does not appear to be a major factor on the seamstress side of the business. Both Millie and Aurora are divorced from their husbands, and have raised their children in the absence of the men, as far as I was able to ascertain. Millie's daughter Maria wants to grow up to be a "fashion designer" (the daughter was present during an earlier visit to the shop); Millie, too, wants to expand her activity in this regard, and hopes to attend fashion design school once her English course of study is successfully completed.
35 mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-C014-15
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
Manifest (JSON/LD)

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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:

Cueto, Milagros "Millie", and Thomas D Carroll. Milagros Cueto. New Jersey Paterson United States, 1994. -08-31. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Cueto, M. ". & Carroll, T. D. (1994) Milagros Cueto. New Jersey Paterson United States, 1994. -08-31. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Cueto, Milagros "Millie", and Thomas D Carroll. Milagros Cueto. -08-31. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.