After his service in WWII my father spent his entire work life at Kadin Brothers, aka Mohawk Novelty aka the 'Pocketbook Factory' as the locals called it. He stayed with that job during the company's growth and its' eventual destruction in the 'trickled down economy' of the 80's. My father worked there with many men and some women who served in the armed services during WWII. This written piece is with them in mind.
Photographs are from my personal collections. The soldiers are at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania in the early 40's. My father, wearing his backpack, is the last one on the steps going down to the far left in the photo. The photograph of the factory at the end of the story is from 2001, many years after it closed down as a major employer in Hudson, New York.