Thursday, August 28, 2014

Making the world go 'round

In recognition of upcoming Labor Day, exhibited here are a few photographs from our collections showing women and men hard at work ironing linen, making soap, picking seeds, harvesting oysters, and making candy.  Included in these images from the 19th and 20th centuries are the exteriors of two San Francisco businesses in which the employees toil:  The Metropolitan Laundry and the Newell & Bro. New York Soap Company.

Women working in Metropolitan Laundry facility, San Francisco

The Metropolitan Laundry was located at 1148 Harrison Street, San Francisco

Men making soap at Newell & Bro. New York Soap Company, San Francisco

Newell & Bro. New York Soap Company, San Francisco.  

Field workers on onion seed farm, Santa Clara County

Harvesting oysters on San Francisco Bay

Woman emptying sack of sugar into funnel at unidentified candy factory.  Cubelet Press Photo, C&H Sugar.

Women working on assembly line at unidentified candy factory.  Cubelet Press Photo, C&H Sugar.

Wendy Welker
Archivist and Librarian
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