Audio Recording "In the eigth grade I was working in a barber shop."

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"In the eigth grade I was working in a barber shop."
Contributor Names
Buonforte, Al (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Hours of labor
-  Watson Machine International
-  Barbershops
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Al Buonforte in his office at Watson Machine International.
-  Summary of audio segment: Question about Al's work experiences. Began work as a young teenager and prior to high school. In the eighth grade he was working in a barber shop doing errands, sweeping floor. Continued that until into high school. Shop called Tony Mac's barbershop. He started here in Paterson and he was a friend of my father's. Then he moved to Clifton and border between Clifton and Paterson. He taught Al how to be a barber. Shaving was still a big thing. They would start you off shaving the ear and back of the neck with a straight razor. They were trying to lead him into being a barber. Very long hours back then. If had day off from school he would take a bus. Streetcars on some streets, but Crooks Avenue between Paterson and Clifton was bus. Straight Street had a streetcar to Market Street. Bus stop now was the turn around for the streetcars.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A004
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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Buonforte, Al, and Robert McCarl. "In the eigth grade I was working in a barber shop.". -08-10, 1994. Audio.

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Buonforte, A. & McCarl, R. (1994) "In the eigth grade I was working in a barber shop.". -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Buonforte, Al, and Robert McCarl. "In the eigth grade I was working in a barber shop.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.