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i've been reading this book the saleslady by frances donovan;
published in 1929, it is account by a woman who was somehow connected with
the u of chicago school of sociology, tho she worked as a teacher in
the public school system... anyhow, in this book she decides to go
to nyc during her summer vacation to work as a saleslady in different department
stores to find out what it is all about. first she works in a dress
department, and the descriptions of how she manages customers are
quite interesting; she goes into the dressing room with them and undresses
them/dresses them in the new dress, adjusting the dress and patting
it and telling madame she looks marvelous. there are 20 sales girls
in her department & she writes that they "roam their forest preserves"
of dress racks, an image i like. now she's selling handbags at harold's on 5th ave.
i read another book by her last summer about waitressing in the loop
in chicago.
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