On the Job - Breaks

Holeproof 1922 Ad (NYPL).jpg

An ad for Holeproof Hosiery that was published in 1922 and was created by artist Coles Phillips. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Holeproof hosiery" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-2643-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Typically, women working in hosiery factories worked long days – with shifts ranging from eight hours to ten hours. These could be morning shifts, full-day shifts, afternoon/evening shifts and even over-nights. Breaks throughout the shift varied depending on the factory and the years that one worked. Across the board however, these breaks were a brief respite from the noise and the hard labour.

Stoddart describes the hours that she worked at London Hosiery Mills.

Sargent explains her lunch time routine - which included euchre!

Stoddart explains that she typically took her own lunch and enjoyed it outside, at McMahon Park.