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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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San Franciscans at Work

San Franciscans at Work

(p.112) San Franciscans at Work
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

In San Francisco, because of the difference between Pacific and Atlantic time, the many brokers must be at work by six of a summer morning to be on the floor of the Exchange when Wall Street begins trading. In winter, when daylight saving has been discontinued in the East, the San Francisco broker may sleep on hour later. As they pour into the doorways of department stores, shops, and office buildings, there comes to the observer the significance of statistics which say that in San Francisco the ratio of white collar workers to manual workers is more than that of any other city in America. Among the city's 250,000 gainfully employed workers, the greatest concentration occurs in about equal proportion in the manufacturing industries, in the retail and wholesale trades, and in transportation and communication.

Keywords:   San Francisco, daylight saving, workers, America, manufacturing industries, retail, wholesale, trades, transportation, communication

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