Audio Recording "They never closed; this is the way things were done in those days."

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Title
"They never closed; this is the way things were done in those days."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-07
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Hours of labor
-  Family-run businesses
-  Customer relations
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: The other thing is that they were always open, they never closed. There was a bell on the door,and you would go up for lunch and put the bell on. This would happen frequently at lunch and dinnertime. AS's father would just sit down to a hot meal, the bell would ring, and he'd have to go downstairs. Mother started dinner at 6, but wouldn't be finishing it until 8:30. AS and sister and mother ate, but father's dinner was protracted because of interruptions. So mother had to provide the meal [and clean up]. She'd try to keep it warm, etc. And many times happened 2 or 3 times duringa meal. And never closed for lunch. As he got older, 14 or 15 years of age and had some experience in the store, AS said he'd go down to handle the customer. But sometimes he wasn't capable of handling it, or they'd say, Where's your father? I want your dad to take care of me. So AS would have to call him and father would have to come down. So that was something his mother had to put up with.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A021
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.tca02104
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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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "They never closed; this is the way things were done in those days.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003968/.

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Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "They never closed; this is the way things were done in those days.". -09-07. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003968/.

MLA citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "They never closed; this is the way things were done in those days.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003968/>.