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#1 antoniosz

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:55

I found this very interesting document that provides information on many early pen companies including wages, cost, etc. in
responses to an inquiry on tarifs. Can someone give us the historical perspective? It appears that 1895 was an economical recession year.












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Posted 08 May 2007 - 04:40

As I remember from studying history...the 1890s was a depression (much like the Great Depression of 1929-39)...that's all I have to say.
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Posted 08 May 2007 - 15:03

1893 and 1894 were years of recession, followed by a year of robust growth in 1895, then a return to recession in 1896. The late 1890's were a more sustained period of expansion.



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Posted 08 May 2007 - 22:32

See some interesting info that Ron Dutcher posted here on Holmes:

http://www.kamakurap...tan/Holmes.html



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Posted 08 May 2007 - 23:17

Yikes! Keystone paid girls $4 - $7 per week, men $15 to $25 for 55 hour week/

Spencerian paid men $12 weekly for 57 hour week.

Jewell Pin Co. Women $5 to $8 weekly, men $8 to $21 weekly for a 60 hour week.

Plus, I'm assuming, all the pen parts you could steal. I mean, I know you could buy more with a dollar, but those are sure long hours.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:55

QUOTE(HDoug @ May 8 2007, 03:17 PM) View Post
Yikes! Keystone paid girls $4 - $7 per week, men $15 to $25 for 55 hour week/

Spencerian paid men $12 weekly for 57 hour week.

Jewell Pin Co. Women $5 to $8 weekly, men $8 to $21 weekly for a 60 hour week.

Plus, I'm assuming, all the pen parts you could steal. I mean, I know you could buy more with a dollar, but those are sure long hours.

Doug



Little better than legalised slavery, but go to China and you'll find the same happening now. That's why the Chinese are winning markets in manufacturing.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 21:43

QUOTE(antoniosz @ May 8 2007, 11:32 PM) View Post
See some interesting info that Ron Dutcher posted here on Holmes:

http://www.kamakurap...tan/Holmes.html


Note I am intersted in Holmes family business

See here for further information (mostly about people not about pens, bbut some info about the company
Frederick Holmes Page

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:34

Curiously fascinating and a little depressing. Girls never quite became skilled? I think it was Virginia Slims that said, we've come a long way, baby, and that's open to debate and a thread for Chatter.

Thanks for posting and good luck with your research.
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