Reports on the Paris Universal Exhibition, 1867 Volume 5

Reports on the Paris Universal Exhibition, 1867 Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... the effect of the introduction of the sewing-machine upon the social condition of needlewomen is very interesting; and it fortunately appears that not only have wages very generally risen, but that the number of hands employed is not diminished. In the shoe trade, for example, the average wages of needlewomen before the introduction of the machine was from 8. to 10s. a week, rarely 12. The average earnings of women using the machine is about 14.; some very good hands earn much more, 20s. or 24s.; and slow and inferior workers about 10s. Even those women who are found not aide to work the machine to advantage are no losers by the increased prosperity of their sisters; they are employed as basters to put the work roughly together for the machinists, and are paid about 10. a week, influence of In the shirt trade the advantage to the needlewomen is even more marked. I am informed by one very large Captaiswholesale manufacturer that the average rate of the earnings HlTMBS of the women he employs is as much as 20s. a. week; that AppR'r9 he is dissatisfied, and expresses dissatisfaction, if they earn Sbwiwo, &c. much Jess; for the best piece-workers are the most advantageous to the manufacturers. The introduction of the sewing-machine has augmented the consumption of the manufactured article and increased the demand for sewingwomen. Good seamstresses who prepare the work for the machines, and who formerly were paid about 12s. a week, now receive 15. There is a very rude class of needlewomen, very inferior hands, whose wages remain much as they were, but whose work is much lighter than it used to be. One very satisfactory aspect of the revolution wrought! by the sewing-machine is that it has raised a demand fori and carried employment into, a new...
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236526643
  • 9781236526649