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Aram and Avedis Zildjian set up a cymbal factory in 1929. The name Zildjian is synonymous with the word cymbal. In 1623, in Constantinople, Avedis Zildjian discovered a still secret process for treating alloys and used this process to produce cymbals. Today in Quincy, MA, Avedis Zildjian uses the same process, consulting and crafting with musicians. Over the years he worked with greates like Gene Krupa, Chick Webb and Buddy Rich to create the sounds of modern musci. They have continued their intimate involvement with music throught the Wsing, Dixieland, Be-bop, Pop, Funk, Electric, Heavy Metal and Classical eras.
The figures below indicate that between 1899 and 1910, there were far more skilled workers and professionals among Armenian immigrants than among many other immigrant groups.
As early as 1894 a Bostonian remarked, "Barely 800 strong ...in variety of occupations, the Armenians must be placed first among all races...and they pick up English in no time."
|Professionals||Skilled Workers||Farm Workers||Laborers|
|Eastern European Jews||1.3||67.1||11.8||28.8|
Clockwise: The Seropian Brothers packing house, one of the earliest in the San Joaquin Valley; Silk screen workers in New Jersey; Avedis Ergat's tailor shop in Manhatten, 1914; Drying grapes in sweatboxes.
|The Armenian Karabagh sunburst design rug has , on the top border, the name of the weaver and date (March 10, 1889) woven into the pattern.|
|Garabed Tellalian, a master oriental rug restorer, working at H. Michaelian in Manhatten, (1938). In 1928, Garabed was commissioned by the United States Government to restore the uniqe round oriental rug in the Capitol building. In 1929, Pennslyvania Governor John S. Fisher requested his services to restore the rugs at the mansion in Harrisburg.|
|Work tools used by Garabed and sample yarns used for restoration.|
Left to Right : Harry Tatosian invented the machine to produce melba toast and founded the Old London Melba Toast Company; The Duke, a long seedless cucumber cultivated by California Armenians; The Ellis Island Contributors display; Colombosian introduced Colombo Yogurt; Peter Halajian introduced Mounds and Almond Joy candies; Alice Antreasian, Walter Kaprielian and George Mardikian are authors of cookbooks.