Audio Recording "So if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday."

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Title
"So if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday."
Contributor Names
Costa, Marianna (Narrator)
Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-10
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Housework
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Hours of labor
-  Leisure
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with retired textile union official Marianna Costa at her home in Haledon, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: Sunday work activities. "The work week was six days a week for most people. My mother worked six days a week. So that if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday. Alright, so on Sunday she had to do her wash, dress me up and send me to church and prepare for the following week. And that was the day we had our best meal because it was a cooked meal, or it would be meat or it would be homemade macaroni with gravies and different things because that was the day that we had the best. It was like, not a celebration but a nice day. It had, you know, the smell of cooking and everythig. The wash was usually done on Saturday night; hung out during the day. And during the week you'd iron as you went along." Types of visiting: "The main thing was you didn't miss a sick person to visit, to make a sick call. You didn't miss a condolence call. A visit to the hospital, which was very rare. Very few people went to the hospital in those days. All the wakes. The custom was, in our culture, you stayed up with the deceased maybe two nights in a row. Any somebody stayed up to watch over them. My mother volunteered for that because she didn't need much sleep."
Medium
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A010
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.dta01003
Language
Online Format
audio

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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:

Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. "So if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip000034/.

APA citation style:

Costa, M. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "So if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday.". -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip000034/.

MLA citation style:

Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. "So if you worked ten hours a day and six days a week it only left you Sunday.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip000034/>.