Foundry Worker, 1900

"I was livin’ on the farm with my mother and father in South Haven, then my cousin got me and my brother jobs at the Clarage foundry here in Kalamazoo. We work mostly in the yard, loading and unloading train cars for the foundry. Sometimes I get to help pour the hot liquid metal into molds. It’s a dirty job and can get awfully hot, but I’m glad to be in the city workin’. It's regular pay -- I get 69 cents a day."

-Floyd Dungill, Black male, age 16

Captions: young men in front of foundry, circa 1900 (Wisconsin Historical Society collection); foundry worker, circa 1900 (Library of Congress collection); Kalamazoo Foundry Company assembly bay in foundry yard, 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