Bell boy

Hotel Bell Boy, 1920s

"I came to live with my grandparents in the city so I could get work and send money home to my mother and father on the farm.  I'm working at the Park-American Hotel as a bell boy.  The hotel pays me 50 cents a day but I make most of my money in tips, carrying people's bags to their rooms. I get an extra nice tip if someone has me carry their bags down to the train station."

-Clifford Grainger, white male, age 15

Captions: Postcards of the exterior and interior of the Park-American Hotel in Kalamazoo, circa 1920s (KVM collection); teen dressed as bell boy for a vaudeville act in Detroit in 1915 learn more about depictions of bell boys in entertainment here.

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