Audio Recording "I started off as a picker."

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"I started off as a picker."
Contributor Names
Murphy, Anne (Narrator)
Murphy, Claire (Narrator)
Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Textile industry
-  Wages
-  Weaving
-  Irish Americans
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Totowa
-  Interview with retired textile worker Anne Murphy and her daughter Claire Murphy at their home in Totowa, New Jersey. Anne Murphy was born in Totowa on January 11, 1898.
-  Summary of audio segment: [Taylor: When did you go to work?] I had a sister, passed away now. She took me down to Newberger's. That was on Ward Street in Paterson. And she asked them, when we got to the door, she asked them if they needed any help. "Yes, yes." And so I started off as a picker. They said "picker," you just cut the treads off. And then I went to weaving and I wove towels. [Claire Murphy: When you were picking, was that piecework?] I think I worked for seven dollars a week at that time. They wouldn't work for that now.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A018
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:

Murphy, Anne, Claire Murphy, and David Alan Taylor. "I started off as a picker.". -08-17, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Murphy, A., Murphy, C. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "I started off as a picker.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Murphy, Anne, Claire Murphy, and David Alan Taylor. "I started off as a picker.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.