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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

7—Artificial-flower Making

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7—Artificial-flower Making.

Rate paid.—Violets, 7d. per gross; geraniums, 7d. per gross; buttercups, 3d. per gross; roses, 1s. 3d. to 3s. 6d. per gross, &c.

Worker's Outlay for Material.—Paste, 3d.; travelling, 2s.

Average Working-day.—Ten hours and a half.

Average Earnings.—7s. to 10s. weekly; depends on class of flower supplied.

Remarks.—It takes five years to become a highly skilled worker able to do any kind of flower. The worker who made the bulk of these flowers shown in the Department's exhibit is both a quick and skilful worker. For three or four months in the year work is slack. Bach different class of flower bears a label of the prices paid for making. It will be noticed that one group was made by a woman dying of consumption—her weekly earnings average 4s. per week.