San Franciscans at Work

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI:
San Franciscans at Work

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In San Francisco, because of the difference between Pacific and Atlantic time, the many brokers must be at work by six of a summer morning to be on the floor of the Exchange when Wall Street begins trading. In winter, when daylight saving has been discontinued in the East, the San Francisco broker may sleep on hour later. As they pour into the doorways of department stores, shops, and office buildings, there comes to the observer the significance of statistics which say that in San Francisco the ratio of white collar workers to manual workers is more than that of any other city in America. Among the city's 250,000 gainfully employed workers, the greatest concentration occurs in about equal proportion in the manufacturing industries, in the retail and wholesale trades, and in transportation and communication.

Keywords: San Francisco; daylight saving; workers; America; manufacturing industries; retail; wholesale; trades; transportation; communication

Chapter.  6913 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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