Card 47

Card Sorter, 1900

"I'm not going to school this year; I started working at the Kalamazoo Playing Card factory sorting cards into full decks for 66 cents a day. A lot of kids work here doing the sorting. Next year my sister Dora will start too when she's 15. It helps papa a lot that I'm working. He drives a coach." 

Nona Parker, white female, age 15

Captions: Playing cards made by the Kalamazoo Playing Card Company (KVM collection); Exterior of factory with workers in 1905 (KVM collection). 

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A Job for Everyone
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  2. Dressmaker, 1890s
  3. Seamstress, 1890s
  4. Laborer, 1890s
  5. Carriage Builder, 1890s
  6. Cigar Roller, 1890s
  7. Launderer, 1900
  8. Corset Company Forelady, 1900
  9. Card Sorter, 1900
  10. Paper Mill, 1900
  11. Carriage Painter, 1900
  12. Foundry Worker, 1900
  13. Type Setter, 1910s
  14. Teacher, 1910s
  15. Elevator Operator, 1910s
  16. Metal Caster, 1910s
  17. Barber, 1910s
  18. Stationery Packer, 1910s
  19. Seamstress, 1910s
  20. Family Cook, 1920s
  21. Errand Girl, 1920s
  22. Janitor, 1920s
  23. Paper Beaterman, 1920s
  24. Hotel Bell Boy, 1920s