Buffalo in 1910: Women needed for (certain kinds of) factory work

By Steve Cichon
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Factory work was considered either “men’s” or “women’s” work 110 years ago.

Among the jobs that women were needed for were silk weaving, shirt starching, cigarette boxers and coil winding.

From the pages of The Buffalo Evening News, July 7, 1910:

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Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.