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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 11, 1912, Image 13

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ALL THE-JyTEIGHBORS.-MAKE THEIR'OWN BREAD THEN1
' ONE WOMAN BAKES IT .
Baking bread for Italian wo
men at a penny a loaf, or two
pennies, perhaps three, according
to the .size is the way Signora
Anita Arnqldi of Chicago makes
money.
There js'notHing modern about'
community bake ovens. In Bos
ton in colonial times our gran
dames had'-their beans stirred in
six bakers and huhg out a sign;
that she would bake bread.
Every morning about 10
o'clock the baking begins and it
keeps up all day long. Triangular,
circular, oblong, fan-shape pillow-like,
masses of 'dough sprink
led with'caraway seeds, afe tuck
ed into the brick', oven, .roaring
hot at the far enH-ofrthe dark
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Signora Anita Arnoldi and Her Bakery.
a community pot and delivered at
their doors every morning.
In South Italy people have al
ways had communistic things.
Signora Arnoldi knew this as she
looked for a "business chance in
Chicago's Little Italy. Here the
people are as crowded in their one
and two rooms in big brick build
ings as they never were in Sicily.
The woman from Toronto stu
died her Sicilians and the result
was that she rented .a basement,
had a large oven, built employed
basement room, while at long ta
bles are mothers who prefer to
knead their dough here rather
than at home.
Groups of eight and ten women
with shawls aver shoulders and
babies on hips are daily seen hur-"
rying to the bake house. They
carry their paste in tin buckets,
spread on barrel heads and boards
or tied in blue check gingham
cloths, and their caraway seeds in
paper sacks.
As they stand at the long ta-
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