Audio Recording "We have to work just a little harder than if we were in New York City, because we have to make sure that distance is not an object."

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Title
"We have to work just a little harder than if we were in New York City, because we have to make sure that distance is not an object."
Contributor Names
Contreras-Mas, Sylvia (Narrator)
Curling, Amada (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-15
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  Family-run businesses
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  V. B. F. Trim Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Amada Curling and Sylvia Contreras-Mas, co-owners of V.B.F., a garment cutting and sewing contractor business.
-  Summary of audio segment: SC-M says, In their mind, in the New York people's minds, the distance is big between Paterson and New York. But once they deal with V.B.F., they feel it's not a problem any more. Because we service them the way they want. So it's a problem when you start, but then it's okay. So at first, they don't call you right away, it's difficult to start [a business relationship with them], but once they get the service, and they realize Paterson is not in the jungle, then it becomes much easier. SC-M says they still have to work a little harder, though, than New York contractors, because have to make sure that the distance is not an object, a problem. Because they can turn around at any time and give the business to New York people. So our turnaround has to be quicker, so they don't feel they're losing time giving their business to Paterson. And they're doing that, and keeping their customers happy. The quality, speed, and service is there.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A027
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.tca02706
Language
English
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:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "We have to work just a little harder than if we were in New York City, because we have to make sure that distance is not an object.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip004025/.

APA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, S., Curling, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "We have to work just a little harder than if we were in New York City, because we have to make sure that distance is not an object.". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip004025/.

MLA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "We have to work just a little harder than if we were in New York City, because we have to make sure that distance is not an object.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004025/>.