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Day to Day activities in the Winchester factory
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Does anyone know the standard day at the factory, starting from the 1860’s up until WWII? Did they employ a standard number of workers, hire more as needed, lay off some in times of less demand? How many workers were the bare minimum, and the maximum? When did the factory start work for the day and end for the day? How many hours was a shift, was there one shift, or more than one, was there some Saturday work, and/or Sunday work? Any other information relative to this question can be added, too.

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I doubt few living can truthfully answer you questions and correctly do so.

If you haven’t already I suggest reading, "Winchester, The Gun That Won The West" by Harold F. Williamson. It is one of the most detailed writings about the factory that I have ever come across. Even goes into some detail about payroll issues and things of that sort.

Another good book "Winchester : The Way It Really Was" by Pauline Muerrle is another good book about unique details and accounts about the factory.

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Another very good read that covers the subject is;

WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY Its History & Development from 1865 to 1981
Author: Herbert Houze
ISBN: 0873412850
Publication Date: May 1994
Format: Hardcover

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Thank you for the references.

Bert, what do the production books show for daily entries in Cody? Are there entries for Monday through Friday, perhaps less entries for Saturday (indicating less production due to a shortened workday) or no entries for Saturday and/or Sunday, etc.???

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The PR records indicate that production work took place 7-days a week.

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I believe the workers generally worked 6 days a week. Sundays were generally reserved for church.

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