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Well, when I got out of college it was an era when no respectable girl would ever think of going home to a small town in the Middlewest. It was always absolutely required that they work in New York for a certain time at least, and I considered it absolutely too dull for words to return to Watertown, Wisconsin, absolutely impossible.

Q:

This was the influence of the Eastern college.

Lasker:

Yes, and also the fact that there were certainly no men in that area that would be interesting, and naturally New York was the place where everything went on.

Q:

Did your father object to this?

Lasker:

Oh, he took a very dim view of it, and he said, “Well, you could never earn enough to live on.” I said, “Well, maybe I couldn't, but you can just...”--my mother explained to him that he could just supplement whatever it was I earned. My first job was at the Eric Galleries for $9 a week and and it was just what he thought. a commission,/But when I got at the Reinhart Gallery and was gradually paid $50 a week, he was practically stunned.

Q:

How did you do with commissions at the Eric Galleries?

Lasker:

Oh, I think I used to sometimes earn $23 a week. That



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