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Stogie making was a common profession among recent Jewish immigrants to the Hill District. As "piece work," where workers were paid by the unit rather than the hour, it offered flexibility not found in industrial work, allowing religious Jews to observe the Sabbath. But the working conditions in stogie sweatshops were dangerous and uncomfortable, and the pay was meager, and child labor was rampant, leading to a pair of strikes in 1912 and 1913.

Details

  • Title: Stogie Factory
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center
  • Object ID: MSP113.B004
  • Exhibit or Collection: Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives
  • Collection Information: Corinne Azen Krause Photographs, MSP 113

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