I am a son of the proletariat. My father’s occupation on my birth certificate is “machine operator.” For over a quarter of a century, James Costello worked in a non-union factory on the South Side of Chicago until being unceremoniously laid-off. The plant was first operated by the Visking Corporation, but bought-out by Union Carbide. They manufactured meat casing using a process known as “viscose.” The casing was produced from wood pulp and cotton cellulose, extruded into various shapes, strung through chemical baths, dried, coiled into rolls, and then shipped to be used for mass producing sausage, hot dogs, and various lunch meats.
Sounds like a great guy. I worked that same machine for one summer in 1974. It was enough of a push to motivate me through college. They must have changed the policy on books, because I read a few that summer waiting for the rolls to to fill.