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Showing posts with label labor. Show all posts

January 14, 2022

American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey

Pietro and Maria Botto house in Haledon, New Jersey. Home of the American Labor Museum.

Home of the American Labor Museum

 

New Jersey was the home of many silk mills during the last century. 

 

It is now the home of the American Labor Museum.

 

Thousands of people were employed in those silk mills, under deplorable conditions. 

 

Long hours doing difficult and back-breaking work was the norm. Pietro and Maria Botto, immigrants from northern Italy, were two of those workers. 

 

So was their daughter.

Strike meeting at the Botto House 1913 by Mike Conner.
 

In 1913, the workers decided to go on strike. 

 

Over 25,000 of them walked out, shutting down the silk industry. 

 

They wanted an eight-hour day, among other demands. 


Pietro and Maria Botto House in Haledon, New Jersey

 

The workers were forbidden to strike in Paterson, so they moved over the town line to neighboring Haledon. 

 

Pietro and Maria had a modest house in Haledon, but the front balcony was perfect for giving speeches. At the time, there was much free space and lawns for large crowds to gather in front of the house. 

 

Soon labor leaders from around the country descended upon this home. Upton Sinclair, the author of The Jungle, a famous and muckraking novel of conditions in factories and mills, was one of the speakers. 

 

The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), better known as the “Wobblies”, also were there. They were considered the “outside agitators” of the strike. 

 

This is a wonderful and succinct video of the strikes: 

 

 

The Botto house is now an official National Historic Landmark and the American Labor Museum is located there.

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Pietro and Maria Botto
bedroom
The Dining Room
kitchen
kitchen

 

More About the American Labor Movement


To see how the other half lived, you can check out my photos from 2014:  

 

Lambert Castle Part 1 

 

Lambert Castle Part 2   


You may also check out an iconic television commercial from the 1970s:

 

Look For The Union Label

 

To read more about the silk strikes of 1913: Paterson Silk Strikes of 1913

 

If you are interested in reading books about labor, please read my reviews of Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, and Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee by Alex Frankel.  

 

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American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey

January 14, 2022

June 26, 2014

Look For the Union Label TV Commercial | Television

Garment Union Commercial Screenshot

Look For The Union Label


This commercial for ILGWU (The International Ladies Garment Workers Union) ran in various forms throughout my childhood. The 1978 version:


Here is the 1981 version.



This was when some clothes were still made in the U.S.A, although that was starting to change. 

 

It was reasonably easy to get a job back then . . . not like now.

 

These commercials were really famous back in the 1970s and the early 1980s. 

 

Remember, with only 3 networks plus PBS, television advertising was very powerful. 

 

As a matter of fact, there were quite a few parodies of this song.

 

Real workers were used in these commercials. 

 

I didn't pay much attention to them back then, although I would sing the song as the commercial played, but they really touch my heart now.

 

You can find the history of ILGWU and the lyrics for this song here:

 

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union

 

You may also read about the labor movement in New Jersey:

American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey 

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

 

Look For the Union Label TV Commercial | Television

June 26, 2014

January 28, 2014

Lambert Castle, Part 2 | Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle interior


Lambert Castle

 

Last week I showed you some exteriors of Lambert Castle in Paterson, New Jersey.  

 

This week I will show you some of the lovely interiors of the castle. 

 

The stained glass window in the last photo was created in tribute to a Lambert daughter, who died when she was 24.

 

Despite their wealth, the Lambert family  suffered many tragedies. 


Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle interior
Lambert Castle stained glass window

To read about the history of the Castle, click here.

 

To read more about the Lambert family, read this.

 

To read more about the Watchung Mountains, read here.

  

 

UPDATE 2022: The Castle has been closed since late 2019 for 3 years of renovations

 

The COVID pandemic probably delayed things further.

 

You can check up on the progress of the renovations on their Facebook page.

 

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Lambert Castle, Part 2 | Paterson, New Jersey

January 28, 2014

January 21, 2014

Lambert Castle in Paterson, Part 1 | Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle, Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle


Lambert Castle in Paterson, New Jersey has an interesting past. 

Paterson, New Jersey had many silk mills,  and was known as “The Silk City” in the 1800s and has a strong labor and union history. 


Catholina Lambert owned one of the silk mills and built his home (known at "Belle Vista") on the side of Garret Mountain, which is part of First Watchung Mountain

From his home, he could see Paterson spreading out below him and New York City was in the distance.


Lambert Castle, Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle, Paterson, New Jersey

Lambert Castle, Paterson, New Jersey


Lambert Castle, Paterson, New Jersey


You can see interior photos of this site in my post Lambert Castle, Part 2.

 

You may also want to read about The American Labor Museum in Haledon.

 

To read about the history of the Castle check out the website of the Passaic County Historical Society.

 

UPDATE 2022: The Castle has been closed since late 2019 for 3 years of renovations

 

The COVID pandemic probably delayed things further.

 

You can check up on the progress of the renovations on their Facebook page.

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

Lambert Castle in Paterson, Part 1 | Paterson, New Jersey

January 21, 2014

May 14, 2010

Sister, Can You Spare (Two) Dimes?

American Money Dimes
Photo by Katie Harp on Unsplash

 

Two Dimes

In addition to my health troubles (see my previous post), I recently received my employee review. I received an excellent review and my manager informed me that I received a raise.

Twenty cents an hour.

 

That's right -- two dimes extra an hour. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry, it's so insulting. So when the taxes are taken out . . .

Meanwhile, rumors are that the CEO of my company has a personal make-up artist on call that the company pays for, in addition to his multi-million dollar salary, stock options, etc.

My manager told me to be happy, however. Some of my co-workers received no raise at all.

 

Unhealthy Work Environment


Now, I know that some of you are unemployed, and you think that I should be happy to be employed at all. 

 

But if you knew what my salary was for a very difficult job, you'd cry. 

 

The work environment is so relentlessly negative that sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. I know the job has contributed to my health woes.

Something has to be done. 

 

I'm going to have to proactive about this situation, too, just as I'm being about my health.

 

You can also read A Year Without Television

Sister, Can You Spare (Two) Dimes?

May 14, 2010