Halpern, Carl (interviewee)
This oral history interview conducted by son Joel Halpern, Carl Halpern focuses on his memories of the Electro Chemical Company, where he worked from 1917-1965, as well as his childhood growing up in the Bronx. Carl talks about his recollections of Prohibition and the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933, how production changed when Prohibition was lifted, and the atmosphere at the factory during World War I and World War II. He discusses the process of etching and lithography, people in the factory and their jobs, the canning industry, how he progressed in the business while some others fell behind and taking classes at City College. Carl talks about being in the hospital and getting special attention because the staff were being paid by people at Electro Chemical. He also talks about family, growing up in the Bronx, Kate Simon's book "Bronx, Primitive" which he couldn't relate to, anti-Semitism in the neighborhoods, neighbors, schools, children and local markets.