Audio Recording "My growing up was shoe shining; I had my shoeshine box, go to the nearest bar and just wait outside."

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Title
"My growing up was shoe shining; I had my shoeshine box, go to the nearest bar and just wait outside."
Contributor Names
Boyle, Patrick (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-06
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  Shoe shiners
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Garden State Cutting Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Patrick Boyle, an employee at Garden State Cutting Co.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks about growing up, what kind of jobs PB did. PB did shoe shining, went to the nearest bar and waited for people to come out. His parents wouldn't let him near bars, and if they knew where the shoe shining money came from their mother would ring their necks. If she asked, they' dtell her they were at the bus stop. It's a good answer! PB did a lot of growing up in Passaic also. He hasn't left Jersey in practically all his life, over 40 years. So he has a lot of history in this town, in this county, put it that way, this county. Went to schools in Passaic, but they'd come to Paterson every weekend. Years ago there were toy factories, and his uncle and grandparents cleaned the stairways in the halls of the factories, and the owners or supervisors would give them toys, probably defective ones, and they'd bring them home to the kids. They had so many toys, and will all the defective toys they's have enough parts to put quite a few of them together.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A017
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.tca01701
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:

Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "My growing up was shoe shining; I had my shoeshine box, go to the nearest bar and just wait outside.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003953/.

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Boyle, P. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "My growing up was shoe shining; I had my shoeshine box, go to the nearest bar and just wait outside.". -09-06. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003953/.

MLA citation style:

Boyle, Patrick, and Thomas D Carroll. "My growing up was shoe shining; I had my shoeshine box, go to the nearest bar and just wait outside.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003953/>.