Men use heavy gas-heated irons to press finished clothes keeping fire pails nearby. Pay varied by job, gender, experience, and age, but it was often inadequate to meet daily needs. In some shops operators were charged high rates for electricity to run their sewing machines. Some had to supply needles and thread, and others had to rent the chairs on which they sat, helping secure the owners' profit margin.
Photographer: unknown, ca. 1900
Kheel Center image identifier: 5783pb1f3g
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