Audio Recording "When I work I brush my area off and walk away and let it settle."

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"When I work I brush my area off and walk away and let it settle."
Contributor Names
Boyle, Patrick (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Garden State Cutting Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Patrick Boyle, an employee at Garden State Cutting Co.
-  Summary of audio segment: PB says that's been the case in every factory he's worked in, it's always dusty, there's no escaping it. TC asks does he feel it in his lungs. PB says no, he's been to doctors, had X-rays, and he's ok. When he works he doesn't do much talking. He has to breath, but, when he works he brushes his area off, then steps away to let it settle, then goes back and begins work. The masks limit you, you start breathing heavily. PB smokes and that must be a factor, but the masks block a lot of your breathing, and PB can't wear them. Can't wear gloves while he works either, because have to feel the material, for stiffness, or for seams, etc., which PB has to cut out. That's damage from the mill, we take outall damage. Do pretty good quality work. People always look out for damaged goods, that's why the place is such a mess. They go in the garbage. If the employee wants the material, they put it ina plastic bag and ask Vinnie for permission to take it. Because security doesn't let anything out. Even PB has done this, taken material to upholster dining room chairs. Nice material. You can change the decorations on the chairs, change the style of your living room with material from here.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A017
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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Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I work I brush my area off and walk away and let it settle.". -09-06, 1994. Audio.

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Boyle, P. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "When I work I brush my area off and walk away and let it settle.". -09-06. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I work I brush my area off and walk away and let it settle.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.