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Friday, 27 July 2007 00:00
Interview with Isabel Flierl
Interview with Isabel Flierl (born 1912)
Conducted on 20 March 2000
At 408 S. Tower Drive, Port Washington, Wisconsin

The information given by Mrs. Isabel Flierl was provided during an evening at the house of Mrs. Dorothy Larson-Bostwick. Also present was Howard Bostwick, son of plant manager Douglas Bostwick. Mrs. Flierl worked for the “Port Washington Herald”, a local newspaper.

I started working for the Port Washington Herald at the age of sixteen in 1928, until 1936. The Herald had offices on [what is now] 125 main Street and printed the Paramount labels. And I did many a run from the office to the Wisconsin Chair Company’s office on Pier Street on the second floor [which housed the main office of the New York recording laboratories].
We were a newspaper on Monday, Tuesday and half a day on Wednesday, and after that it was job printing.

Henry Stephany (1900-1977) was the main guy that came up. He came up and ordered the labels and we had to take a sample down and see if it was O.K. with them. If it was, we go ahead and print the labels. Then we had a machine that would drill the holes in the labels. We had all that equipment in the printing shop. Orders ran to 500 or 1,000 copies. They also pressed catalogues for the F.W. Boerner Company.

Henry Stephany had to give approval for a test sample of the label. After the job was finished Stephany was informed and he would pick up the order, 500 or 1,000; whatever he ordered. Those were periodical jobs. Whenever they needed whatever amount of labels, Stephany would come up and I would take all the orders. I wrote down the order sheet and take it in the shop and they would print them.

Placing the order until approval for the sample label would take an afternoon. The printing itself would take a couple of hours. We had special presses for the label and that special black, glossy paper with gold lettering. They bought that especially for the record. They would print them and cut them.

To drill a hole in the label you had to push the pedal. This was done in stacks. The labels were stored in boxes. Stephany was then informed to pick up the order.

[Henry J. Stephany (1900-1977) graduated from Port Washington High School in 1918 and went to Marquette University where he graduated in 1925 and was registered as working for the New York Recording Laboratories in Port Washington by that same year, working on the advertising material for the NYRL. Stephany had left the company by the time Howard Bostwick started working there in the summer of 1933, meaning that Stephany took no other position after the demise of the NYRL within the Wisconsin Chair Company. By 1972 he was still living in Milwaukee and remembered to have worked for the company. He died in Milwaukee in September 1977]

Alex van der Tuuk
27 July 2007
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