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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,
This was the influence of the Eastern college.
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
Did your father object to this?
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
How did you do with commissions at the Eric Galleries?
Oh, I think I used to sometimes earn $23 a week. That
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