Audio Recording "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."

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"I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory."
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Industrial facilities
-  Food industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
-  Summary of audio segment: In the summer I worked until I left school at 18, Then got a job at Wellworth's Pickles located behind the gas houses on Riverside where they dispensed gas. I worked there for two years, I left there and went to the wire mill. Heard about the pickle factory from brother. In the winter time they closed down, in the summer they would hire people. I was a loader; mostly girls packed them. Then I worked the brining machine. That required timing; you had to be able to grab a jar at the right time and put it under the briner. It would come out of a hopper and you had to put the jar under it; had to have coordination; spilled a lot at first; but it was fun after a while, I tried to beat the machine. I was good; after a while I could do it and stop and look at it. When you got speed, you could slow down; once you get used it it and know how it operates you have the control over it. I could do it with my eyes closed. After a while you don't smell the pickles anymore, but you got out and no matter what you do or how much you wash you still smell like a pickle; that's why I left the job after the second year. I'd leave work on a Friday and on Sunday I'd still smell like a pickle so I said "I can't have this" -- I was losing out on my dates. So I gave it up and went into another trade. I started working at the wire mill.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-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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Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory.". -08-19, 1994. Audio.

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Jones, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory.". -08-19. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jones, Leonard, and Susan Levitas. "I got a job at Wellworth's Pickle Factory.". -08-19, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.