Audio Recording "Holidays, in particular, were always busy."

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"Holidays, in particular, were always busy."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks whether the store captured some of AS's and his sister's time when they were kids, and freed their mother from total responsibility for them as a result. MS says the store affected theirholidays, she was very much into holidays. AS was absorbed in the store, and didn't want to be involved. Had to deal with holidays at the store, and didn't want to bring it home with him, so the business affected their celebration at home of the holidays, which was something was important to MS. MS says had only one day to go shopping together, and it was especially hard on his wife because she very much liked decorating and celebrating the holidays. AS says he had so much of the holiday season at the store that when he came home he didn't want anything to do with it. MS said that never bothered her, she enjoyed her kids, enjoyed her home. AS verifies this, saying his wife was very patient and endured the fact that the store came first. AS says that looking back it was stupid to give so much weight to the business, but that's what they did.
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A021
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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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "Holidays, in particular, were always busy.". -09-07, 1994. Audio.

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Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Holidays, in particular, were always busy.". -09-07. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "Holidays, in particular, were always busy.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.