Audio Recording "When cars don't pass anymore, forget it -- just the ones that need your service are going to come."

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Title
"When cars don't pass anymore, forget it -- just the ones that need your service are going to come."
Contributor Names
Pizza, Joseph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-08
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Tailor shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ritz Tailor and Cleaning (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Joe Pizza, owner, Ritz Tailor and Cleaning on 21st Avenue.
-  Summary of audio segment: JP bought a truck, went into construction. Good for a while, then just before the Korean War, things were dropping to nothing. The big companies got the work because they had men they had to give jobs to. So Joe bought a shop, but there was no business. "But I bought the key, I knew there was no business." Paid $300. Shop was around the corner from this one. JP developed the business, but it was a struggle to pay bills. Had to feed two kids. Had no extra money, had no money to buy groceries, so ate at diners, etc. Sacrificed for two years, business was doing fine. Moved to 22nd Avenue, business was good. But then they put Route 80 in, took so many homes, cut through all the good areas here. Shut down 22nd Avenue, which had been a thriving area. But they put a barrier there, and I was cooked. Was making $65 a week. Son got a truck, started canvassing to build the business up again, but when cars don't pass anymore, couldn't make it on just regular customers.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A002
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca00203
Language
Online Format
audio

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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:

Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "When cars don't pass anymore, forget it -- just the ones that need your service are going to come.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003854/.

APA citation style:

Pizza, J. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "When cars don't pass anymore, forget it -- just the ones that need your service are going to come.". -08-08. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003854/.

MLA citation style:

Pizza, Joseph, and Thomas D Carroll. "When cars don't pass anymore, forget it -- just the ones that need your service are going to come.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003854/>.