mcurtt, Jun 1, 2020
Lynn Grieveson Designs - June Journaling Challenge -

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Sharp Eyed:

Helene Curtis Logo from the internet.

Journaling reads:
It was the summer of 1970, the months leading to my senior year in high school. My friend Cindy and I thought it would be super to get a summer job. But then for whatever reason, we didn’t. Then came the end of July, and we had heard that Helene Curtis was hiring a second wave of college (close enough) students. We applied, we both got jobs! Helene Curtis (makers of Spray Net, Kings Men male toiletries, Suave, and others) was just a short mile north of us, a 20 minute leisurely walk. So we took the plunge together and began our employment. A fun fact. Helene Curtis coined the term “hairspray” for its new aerosol product, Spray Net, way back in 1950.

It was factory work. We met so many fun students all working for some spending money. We also met the lifers, those who screwed caps on bottles for 8 hours a day/5 days a week. I didn’t come in contact with a mean soul when I was there. The students mingled with those who worked full-time. It was a learning experience and made me appreciate the value of higher education.

I remember screwing those caps on bottles. I remember seeing someone severely injured when his hand got in the way of a hydraulic arm used to securely close glass containers of bath salts. I remember getting paid ten cents more an hour to work in the “powder” room. We were supplied with face masks (just like today) but the air was thick with powder and perfume. I’m sure it took years off of my life.

I remember the first time Cindy and I were put on an assembly line together. It was a real life version of one of the “I Love Lucy” episodes. Our job was to make up gift boxes and insert three tiny bottles of Kings Men cologne into each box, a Christmas stocking stuffer. The lead person on the line started out slowly to get everyone acclimated. We grabbed a bottle, deposited it into the box and waited for more. The line got faster, we saw those cologne bottles speed by. We grabbed and stuffed and closed whatever completed box sets we had and sent them on their way. Cindy and I were in hysterics. We were hiding those blasted bottles in our pockets, anywhere to just make them stop and to give us the appearance that we knew what we were doing. Cindy lasted a week and quit... I stuck it out the entire month, leaving just before school started.
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    • Angela Toucan
      wonderful story telling, and a great memory page.
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    • flowersgal
      Fun journaling. Good for you for sticking it out an entire month. Love your reference to the "I love Lucy" episode. In my mind's eye, I can see you with bulging pockets!
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    • cookingmylife
      I love this story!! Oh back in the day when jobs were easy to get - and quit! Learning what you don't want to do for the rest of your life is a major lesson we were fortunate enough to get and able to afford to make that choice.
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    • LynnG
      Love, love, love this!
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    • Cherylndesigns
      This is so awesome!! What a work of art!!
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