Audio Recording Ralph Soria's work history, part 1 of 3

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Ralph Soria's work history, part 1 of 3
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Child labor--New Jersey
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work ethic
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: RS collected bottles for deposit money. And especially shine shoes, he did that a lot. His corner was at Market and Cianci streets, by Lembo Drug Store, that was his corner. And all the people, Italian people, going to church, came to him before church. Had a big line, always did good. People liked him, because RS respected people, and gave them the service they deserved. RS kept going, went to school, had odd jobs, shined shoes, collected bottles, worked in restaurants [?], and was a caddy at local country clubs. And RS got along with people well, got there early to get in line, 6:30-7:00. And a lot of times golfers asked for RS, used to call him "Little Soria", or "Little Ralphie", and sometimes he carried two bags at one time, and made double money. [laughs]
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
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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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. Ralph Soria's work history, part 1 of 3. -09-13, 1994. Audio.

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Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) Ralph Soria's work history, part 1 of 3. -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. Ralph Soria's work history, part 1 of 3. -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.