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Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence Maid Footwear


Lawrence Maid Footwear, division of W.R. Grace. Workers, including many older women, exit shoe factory at end of shift. Lawrence Maid Footwear employs approximately 750 people, decreased from 2,200 in 1969. The reporter explains the decline of the shoe industry in the US. Inside, women stitch shoe parts rapidly on old sewing machines. Punch clock and time cards on wall. Great expanse of factory space, rows of fluorescent lights. Unused machines covered in plastic. Large spools of thread on shelves.

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Ten O'Clock News

Lawrence Maid Footwear

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Lawrence (Mass.)
News Report
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence Maid Footwear,” 03/07/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 23, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_696C72F5817B410886D42442D29371CB.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence Maid Footwear.” 03/07/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 23, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_696C72F5817B410886D42442D29371CB>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence Maid Footwear. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_696C72F5817B410886D42442D29371CB
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