Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?
July 31, 2012 10:05 AM Subscribe
Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s?
posted by kristi to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Where can I find descriptions of jobs, trades, professions, and all other occupations practiced during the 1850s-1950s?
I'm looking for descriptions of jobs from decades past - especially jobs we don't see as much these days, like cooper, wagonmaker, blacksmith, maltster, lino operator, drayman, expressman, lamplighter, gripman, tinsmith, pantryman, sawyer, stenographer, grainer, backman, stickerman, motorman, and timekeeper.
And for old jobs like that that DO still exist, I'd love to find out how they're different now compared to the late 1800s or early 1900s. For example, I think coopers are still employed at wineries, but I'm sure those jobs are very different than they were 100 years ago.
I'm interested in any and all information I can find, but I'm especially curious how each job was done day to day - what the workday was like.
Training, wages, and conditions are also of interest.
Jobs a little outside that date range (as early as, say, 1750, as late as, say, 1980) would also be great, but I'm most interested in 1850s-1950s.
Free, downloadable resources would be best, but I'm interested in everything.