Job Hunting Series - Catharine Brody
"What Happens When a Girl Goes Job Hunting in a Strange City" - Catharine Brody - Buffalo Morning Express
What Happens When a Girl Goes Job Hunting in a Strange City: Can a girl, friendless and alone, with money enough for one week only, find a job and live on her wages?
"The first day I became a bean packer in the Heinz works, spent a maddening nine hours with Emma and the twins, 'Dawrathe-e-e" and Katherine, simply pasting stickers on boxes to contain tomato soup. We worked under Katie, the forelady, in a huge room filled with piles of boxes that reached nearly to the low ceiling and stacks of cans that reached half-way up. We sat on a truck and became covered and choked by the dust from the boxes. I did not mind that so much as the monotony of the work. But it suited the girls exactly."
"What Happens When a Girl Goes Job Hunting in a Strange City?: Detroit" - Catharine Brody - Buffalo Morning Express
"That the manufacture of spring cushions for automobile seats--soft, comfortable automobile seats which hold silk and satiny ladies on the way downtown to do their shopping--should be made an affair of such primitive violence amid such raucous shrieks of men and girls and machinery, such clash and clamor and clang of steel! Never, nevermore, will I feel the same about a seat in even the cheapest kind of a green flag taxi."
"Can a Working Girl Live on the Wages She Receives: Real Experiences of a Young Woman Who Sought a Job in Twenty Cities" - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"'Trenton makes, the world takes.' 'Trenton is the summe of 148 industries.' These signs on the way to Trenton are encouraging to the work-seeker. So is the general air of Trenton, a bright, harsh little city of 318,000 people, in which you feel at once that you are only 15 minutes from Broadway. There is no air of the Deserted Village here."
"I had a fellow lodger in Trenton, Gertrude, who worked in an electric wire factory and because my landlady consulted her as to a job for me in her shop, Gertrude became my 'girl friend.' It was Gertrude who threw a great light for me on the way in which the working girl managers ' on her own.' Gertrude was nineteen with regular, small features, which would have been pretty but for her silly and freckled complexion and the hideous fun arrangement of her red hair. "
"Can a Working Girl Live on the Wages She Receives?: Philadelphia" - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"My feet are like balls of hot iron. I walk between counters of feet, huge, swollen, flat feet. 'Yes, there's a sale on feet, madam. Can I help you, madam? Are you waited on, sir?' The dream of 'Sales?' 'Sales!' --that's me. The department store of Lit. Bros., Philadelphia adjures us via the store book of rules to call each other 'Miss,' or 'Mrs.,' or 'Mr.,' but Reba, the highly-colored, enormously efficient, black crepe de chine uniformed Jewish girl who is next to our store manager in authority--Rebs has a mind of her own. Whatever I may be to the feet of the world, I am just plan 'Sales' to her."
"What Happens To A Girl Seeking Employment In A Strange City: Troy" - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"Troy is the home of the biggest collar factory in the world. That seems to be Troy's one reason and excuse for being. It's history is immeidately apparent. Once, long agi, the biggest collar factory in the world made its home in a small village called Troy; other collar and shirt factoires colelcted, tinier surrounding villages contributed labor, and thus Troy did not so much grow as was pulled into its present timid, half-awake existence as a city of 70,000 people, a city where even the drug stores close on Sunday."
"What Happens To A Girl Seeking Employment In A Strange City: Pittsburg" - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"A sun like a bleary red eye moved slowly over the hills, shadowy, mysterious hills with their tops cut out into shadowy houses on both banks of the yellow water of a river spanned by the most beautiful slim steel bridges I have ever seen. River and hills go unrecognized in Pittsburg's own description of itself, to wit: 'No city exemplifies in its streets and institutions more activity and industry of habit. Everybody is always in a hurry. All within its limits work diligently; there are no idlers and no place for such in Pittsburg's busy life.'"
"What Happens To A Girl Seeking Employment In A Strange City: Pittsburg Cont." - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"The first day I became a bean packer I spent a maddening nine hours with Emma and the twins, 'Dawruthe-e-e' and Katherine, simply pasting stickers on boxes to contain tomato soup. E worked under Katie, the forelady, in a huge room filled with piles of boxes that reached nearly to the low ceiling and stacks of cans that reached halfway up."
"What Happens To A Girl Seeking Employment In A Strange City: Cleveland." - Catharine Brody - Vancouver Sun
"The international Displays Company of Cleveland, printers and lithographers, makers of calendars, transparencies and other advertising trifles, the first small firm I worked for, employed a number of men and only about a dozen girls and women. It was the pleasantest if not the most interesting place in my experience so far."