Many Connecticut employers made an effort to recruit
recent immigrants both for skilled and unskilled positions. Connecticuts
booming late 19th- and early 20th-century economy depended heavily
upon immigrant labor.
Collinsville, ca. 1924.
Photo CD: 0540 File: Img0098.pcd
How do you recognize diversity? At first glance,
this group of workers at the Collins Ax Factory appear anything
but diverse. Fortunately, one man recorded all their names on
the back of the photograph. The list includes such names as Furrier,
Fiokewicz, Dubiel, Zakiski, Siemnicki, Soucy, Yliasz, Del Nero,
Emhoff and OBrien.
Southern New England
Photo CD: 3151 Img0060.pcd
The names of
the men in this photograph of Southern New England Telephone Company
employees are unknown. One man, at the far right, is clearly African-American.
Others are likely to be Irish, Polish or Italian. Its impossible
to tell just by looking at them.
Crew of Oyster Boat Smith Bros.
Probably at City Point, New Haven, 1912
Photo CD: 4770 File: IMG0001.jpg
The crew of the
Smith Bros are identified on the back as Capt. Irving Frank
Wheeler, Mose Price, Al Eaton, and engineer Ed Morgan. One man
is not named. According to the catalog record, the African-American
man is probably not Mose Price, though he is identified as Price
in another photograph.
Old Gas Meter Shop
New London, ca. 1920
Photo CD: 0532 File: Img0037.pcd
The workers who
pose together in the shop of the New London gas company have French,
Irish and Italian surnames, but it is impossible to tell whether
they are recent immigrants or the descendants of families who
arrived in Connecticut many generations earlier. From left to
right, they are identified as Frank Delap, Jack Gillis, Maurice
Connell and Santo Ferro.
We are All Connecticut Yankees
Celebrating Ethnic Origins
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