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Swift and Co. Meat Packing Girls

Swift and Co. Meat Packing Girls

These are some of the gals of Swift and Co. factory workers. The picture was taken in the late fifties or early sixties at the Swift and Co.'s meat packing plant in East St. Louis. My great-grandma Josie is in there somewhere. She worked as a hot dog stuffer. View full size.

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I was looking at some more of my grandma Josie's picture and happen along "The Swift Arrow" newspaper (Swift and Co.'s company newpaper) from September 1939, and in that edition was the same exact photo as the one above. So I was about a decade or two off when I said this photo was from the early fifties or sixties, it in fact, was from 1939. The article under the picture says that these girls work in the sausage kitchen, and it lists all their names and the places they come from. Many of them are from East St. Louis where the factory is but many are also from, Hungry (the article lists it as Hungaria), Austria, Germany, and Poland. My grandma Josie moved to E. St. Louis from New Waverly, TX, (where she was born,) though her parents and husband were both from Poland.

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