Monday, June 10, 2013

A WPA Project Brings JOBS

From the Don Jackson Collection, LLF Library
"The parking lot is full at Stahl Urban." -- Library caption.

As a teenager and next door neighbor of the head of personnel, I actually worked in this building one summer as a payroll clerk and got an inside look at the operations.  

By then, the building was showing its age and there were cracks through which daylight poured in countless places.  Whenever I had to go into the "safe," a rather large room with a steel door that we never closed, I always was warned by my fellow co-workers to watch out for snakes, as more than one had been spotted in there among the books and papers.  

That warning was always followed up with the story of a seamstress who was bitten on the leg by a snake that had crawled into the bundles she was working on.  Yikes!  No wonder I have an inordinate fear of snakes (herpetophobia) to this day.

I have presented pictures of the interior of the building and the workers on my Facebook page, but not here.  Stay tuned for a reprise of those.  For the curious, here is an earlier posting of a Library of Congress photo of the building as it looked right after completion in the 1930s.

1 comment:

  1. who knew the Stahl Urban building was a WPA project? Sippiana is just a fountain of info!