Paper Mill, 1900

"I've got a wife and two little daughters; I show up at the paper mill each day and wait to see if they have any work for me; sometimes they do; sometimes they don't.  The paper mill is tough work; the machines are gigantic and dangerous; I remember one day a fellow got his hand caught in there -- he lost it -- don't know if he's been able to find any work since."

-John Doran, white male, age 49

Captions: Men working in a paper mill, circa 1900 (Library of Congress collection); Kalamazoo Paper Company machine room of Mill #3 circa 1900 (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