J. Wiss & Sons Co: Employee Pictures

A collection of group pictures and employees at work. Most are from The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library's Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center. Pictures are split into two groups:

Some employees can also be found in the Family Pictures From the Newark Public Library. Navigation links let you scroll through the pictures.

Employee Groups

employees-early-1870s All Employees Circa Early 1870s.
Date is assumed as Jacob is first row left. He became ill in 1875 and his eldest son took over.
In family collection.

employee-group-1964 Employee Group Circa 1964.
The family members can be identified in the picture: Fred Wiss is back row right. Ken Wiss is front row left. And Richard Wiss is front row right. Many of the others could be identified if matched with the June 1966 photo and legend.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

Richard-Wiss+Clifford-Clarke-1966 Annual Wiss 25-Year Club dinner: June 3, 1966.
Richard Wiss and Clifford Clarke pointing at factory Model.
Clifford Clarke (right), who has been employed by J. Wiss & Sons Co., Newark cutlery firm, for 49 years, is shown a scale model of the company's new plant complex, now under construction, by President Richard R. Wiss at the annual Wiss 25-Year Club dinner at the Military Park Hotel (Friday, June 3). The framed photos on the easel are the 1880s factory pictures that are now in the NJ Historical Society. Eight new 25-year employees, including Clarke's son, Clifford Clarke, Jr. were inducted into the club.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

employee-group-June-1966 Employee Group June 1966.
With men identified in legend.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

Fred+Richard-Wiss-Dec-21-1967 Cutting Ribbon at Dedication of New Wiss Complex: Dec 21 1967.
Richard R. Wiss, right, president of J. Wiss and Sons Co., cuts ribbon at dedication of new Wiss complex in Littleton Ave. Looking on is Frederick D. Wiss, executive vice president and treasurer.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

Garin+Fred-Ken-Jul-1968 Wiss Friday Financial: July 5, 1968.
From left: R. Garin Wiss, Frederick Wiss, Kenneth Wiss.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

wiss-rega-brothers Wiss Honors Rega Brothers On 118 Continuous Years.
Newspaper article. Circa 1973, 1974?
NEWARK, N.J. -- Three Rega brothers, Frank, Joseph and Michael, celebrated a total service record of 118 continuous years of service to J. Wiss & Sons, Inc. In photo, left to right, are: Frank Rega, superintendant, with 38 years service; Joseph Rega, production manager, with 45 years; Paul G. Richards, president of J. Wiss & Sons, Inc., and Michael Rega, supervisor, with 35 years. The firm recently celebrated its own 125th anniversary.
From Rega family collection.


Employees At Work

Numerous 8×10 photos of employees at work exist in the archives at the The New Jersey Historical Society. None are here, due to the difficulty in getting scans of items in their archives.

dog-in-treadmill Dog in Treadmill.
Dog power was used to sharpen shears when Jacob Wiss started his cutlery business in 1848. This rendering was found in the morgue of The Newark Evening News. It was used many times (in the first four catalogs the picture is extended downwards along the right, and has the artist's logo):
 • Catalogs: 1922, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1937, 1941
 • February 8, 1948 article on the 100th anniversary
 • The 1948 A Story of Shears and Scissors
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

setting-screw-and-final-adjustment Setting screw in scissors and final adjustment.
Steve Powers of Bloomfield, NJ setting the screw on electricians' scissors, and making final adjustment. May 1966.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.

Pinking-Shears-Manufactured-May-16-1966 Pinking Shears Being Manufactured.
Pinking Shears Being Manufactured: Inspecting, wiping and packaging for shipment. May 16, 1966.
From The Newark Evening News morgue, now at the Newark Public Library.


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