Audio Recording "Those were beautiful, wonderful days."
About this Item
- "Those were beautiful, wonderful days."
- Contributor Names
- Jones, Howard (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Child labor--New Jersey
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Work processes
- - Wages
- - Economic aspects of war
- - Shoe shiners
- - World War, 1939-1945
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Howard Jones, worm farmer.
- - Summary of audio segment: "I used to shine shoes until twelve or one at night. No shoe shine boys now; kids don't do things like that nowadays. They're getting $2.00 for shoe shines now -- I was getting a nickel! I helped raise the price to 10 cents during the war. We had shoe shine parlors then. I travelled all over town. You don't go on someone else's corner; police harassed us in the uptown area because they were protecting the older shoe shiners. We'd do politicians and lawyers up there, but cops would take our shoe shine boxes. I went to certain bars; I had a team with me and I'd make music with a rag and the other boy would tap dance. But I didn't look black, so I got by and wouldn't get kicked out of places. I used to make more than my mother made all week just in a weekend. My mother made $12.00 a week, and I made that on the weekend. People would tip.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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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:
Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "Those were beautiful, wonderful days.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003648/.
APA citation style:
Jones, H. & Levitas, S. (1994) "Those were beautiful, wonderful days.". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003648/.
MLA citation style:
Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "Those were beautiful, wonderful days.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003648/>.