Audio Recording "I went from a machine shop to hardware business."

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"I went from a machine shop to hardware business."
Contributor Names
Ditaranto, Rocco (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Machine shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ditaranto's Market (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Rocco Ditaranto, owner of Ditaranto's Market on 21st Avenue.
-  Summary of audio segment: Guys from his town helped Rocco find his first job. One was working in a machine shop, and Rocco had taken a course in that in Italy. So he got the job in a machine shop in Totowa Boro. Allied Stainless Products. Ralph Venezia's brother Paul got him the job; Ralph worked there too. Paul drove RD to work every day, helped out a lot. RD worked in the shipping and receiving department, and gradually worked his way up till he ran the department. Why did RD leave that job? RD says maybe he was fed up, they weren't paying him for everything he was doing there [he was underpaid]. And so RD left there and found a job right next door. It took him about one week to find the job, in the shipping and receiving department. The company was Singer Hardware, and the product was different.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A012
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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Chicago citation style:

Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "I went from a machine shop to hardware business.". -08-17, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Ditaranto, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I went from a machine shop to hardware business.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "I went from a machine shop to hardware business.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.