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Metro Pictures Corporation – Weekly Payroll – 1915-1920 

July 2, 1921

Scenario Dept. – est. 5 women of 9 or 10

Lenore J. Coffee, prod. # 117, Rate: $200

June Mathias, #115, #113, Rate: $750

Florence Hein, #115, #113, Rate: $50

Evelyn Kenyon, #110 Rate: $50

Winnifred Dunn,#118, # 114, #150

Ethel Kennedy, #118, $200

*******(Not titled, but blank filled with Star or Artist or nothing)

Viola Dana, Star # 116, $1,750

Ethel Grandin, (blank) $150

Laboratory – 19

Bertha Moore ($30), Helen Weiner ($35), Mabel Knettles ($40) – 3 of 19

Cutting, Cameraman, Projection (no females)

Art – 8

Josephine Dillon (Research) $35 – much less than men, ranging to $175

Drapery – 3

Mrs. Hoppe $25 (later category is seamstress)

Property – 9 – all male

Business Managers – 5 – all male

Directors – 5 – all male

Rex Ingram, #115, $1,000

Asst. Dir – 3 – all male

Still Room – 3; Art Title – 4; Stage – 3

Telephone Operator: Lillian Chapman $25; Eva Cram, $25

Janitor – 6; Mrs. H. Peterson – $21

Purchasing & Stores – 9

Machine Operator – Mrs. A. Greene, $35;

Stenographer – Inez Bowser, $30

Wardrobe – 3; Marion Rae, $25

July 9, 1921

Winnifred Dunn, #118, $150

Ethel Grandin, #118, $150

June Mathis, #115, $750

September 20, 1922

Laboratory – 18 positions, all male except the Negative Cutters

Negative cutter: Mabel Nettles, $35

Negative cutter: Helen Weiner, $30

Negative Cutter: Mildred Cox, $25

Other jobs: Superintendent: $150, Supervisor, Asst Supervisor, Positive Dev, Negative Dev, Printer, Helper, Stock library, Dry Room Helper ($25/week – 3), Negative Wrapper, Assembler, Hypo Man, Wrapper

October 7, 1922 – Broken down as units

Vidor Unit, Beaumont Unit, Willat Unit, Sawyer Unit (either director or business mgr at head) Not finding Scenario Dept. But Winnifred Dunn listed as #136, Sawyer Unit at $100/week as Writer:

Note: Title Writers appear around 1922, paid very little

Executives Not always listed. Maybe they were being paid monthly?

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. "Metro Pictures Corporation, Weekly Payroll, 1915-1920." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web. April 16, 2013. <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/essay/how-women-worked-in-the-us-silent-film-industry/metro-pictures-corporation-weekly-payroll-1915-1920/>