Errand Girl, 1920s

"When my father died, my mother needed me to start earning money, so now I am an errand girl at the paper mill. I make 75 cents a day delivering messages and packages to different parts of the mill. I'm always running, running, running. It's a big mill." 

-Christina Miller, white female, age 15

Photo captions: Kalamazoo Paper Mills postcard from 1912; Bryant Paper Mill female employees, circa 1910 (KVM collection); Unidentified teenager in 1920s (unknown collection). 

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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