|Last Updated: 10/21/2006|
My father made paper boxes. Which is to say that he was the foreman of a small display box company. Display boxes were called paper boxes. They were made from sheets of cardboard that had been scored on a "Robinson" machine, then folded and wrapped. Jewelry, pens, shoes, shirts, all sorts of small products were packaged and presented in them. So when I was a cabinetmaker I would say "My father made boxes out of paper; I make them out of wood. Same thing, really." I was being glib, but the connection was real.
He called the factory the "shop". Sometimes, on Saturday, he'd have to "go over to the shop" and I would walk with him the few blocks from our apartment in Jersey City. While he worked, I'd spend the time playing, hidden in canyons of stacked white boxes. I remember the Robinson clamoring as my father dealt sheet after sheet through the scoring knives...