Endicott-Johnson had a great reputation for treating workers well and building quality housing and public facilities such as libraries, parks, and golf courses.
Here's a photo of the stitching room staff in 1937. The red arrow points to Elizabeth Tomecek, the mother of Josephine from last week's post.
|Photo by George H. Pennell, Commercial Photographer, Endicott, New York|
The photo seems to indicate that they were also manufacturing Red Cross shoes there. Red Cross was experiencing a boom at the time and may have partnered with Endicott Johnson to meet the demand. Click here to see a previous post on Red Cross shoes. If you want to know more about the history of Endicott-Johnson, there are a couple of very good sources, including a National Public Radio story from December, 2010, and a website created by Professor Gerald Zahavi of the State University of New York at Albany. Professor Zahavi promises to post additional material in the future, including oral histories.
Here's the back of the postcard.
The message reads:
Hello mama We are all feeling as usual. Gess you can read a little of it. When are you coming home.
Sadly, Binghamton, Endicott, Johnson City, and surrounding areas are currently suffering through a catastrophic flood.
Be sure to wander over to Sepia Saturday for great old photos and the stories behind them.