Seamstress, 1910s

"My husband and I moved off the farm in Bloomingdale to come to work in the factories in Kalamazoo.  Farm work is hard but so is factory work.  In the factory we get steady pay and that's important for raising a family.  Emery, my husband, works at the paper mill. I'm a seamstress at Henderson-Ames -- I make 15 dollars a week. I sit at a sewing machine all day making all kinds of uniforms and costumes."

- Gertrude Asbaugh, white, female, age 43

Captions: Interior of the Henderson-Ames Company with unidentified workers, circa 1910 (KVM collection); uniforms made by the Henderson-Ames Company (private collections). 

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A Job for Everyone
  1. Grocer, 1890s
  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