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(ILGWU Archives, Kheel Center, Cornell University.)

Garment shop on Bond Street, 1913

The "No Smoking" sign is possibly posted in response to awareness of fire hazzards after the recent Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Note the most skilled worker, a cutter, is wearing a tie. In 1900, New York City garment workers produced 37 percent of the nations ready-to wear clothing, mostly in small shops like this one. For much of the century the garment industry provided jobs for immigrants--from Eastern European Jews and Italians, many of whom arrived with tailoring skills, to the more recent waves of Asian and Hispanic workers.


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