August 12, 2018

Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 7)

Paper Stock–Making the Grade
Reprinted from the August 2018 Craco Society Bulletin
Sorting and Packing — As the trucks were unloading, the bags of waste paper were stacked inside the dealer’s warehouse or “shop” as it was referred to by them. In large buildings mechanical conveyors aided in moving goods. In smaller shops this was done manually as was most of the other work.
Shown above, bags are taken off a conveyor that lifted them inside the building from the street level and then are being placed on a vertical conveyor (photograph below) that allowed them to be moved to an area that held them until being sorted. 
Sorting, (shown in third and fourth photos) allowed the waste paper to be “graded” since each type brought a different value when sold. These images show there were more than paper stock men in this era with women working in the sorting process too. The sorted paper was put in bins and when there was enough to bail it was put into a press (bottom photo) that compressed the paper and then stored until being sold and shipped to mills.
Photographs courtesy of the Benedetto Family 
Also see:
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 6)
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 5)
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 4)
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 3)
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York (Part 2)
Cracotan Paper Stock Men of New York