Jobs And Trades: Early Photographs Of Working People

These quite early photos I found online date from 1845-1860. They show people with the tools of their trade, and were all taken in America.

A Stonemason.

A Blacksmith.

A Surveyor.

A Cooper. (Barrel maker)


A Butcher in his shop.

A Door-to-Door Salesman.

A Fisherman.

A Miner.

A young female Mill Worker.

37 thoughts on “Jobs And Trades: Early Photographs Of Working People

  1. (1) He’s hiding his chiseled chin with a beard. (He made a mistake during his apprenticeship.)
    (2) Blacksmiths are serious workers. They never horse around. At least that’s what Ed Farrier tells me.
    (3) “And tonight I’ll be at my rear window in Falkirk, surveying Kirsty Douglas as she stands naked in the blue light.”
    (4) The cooper was later arrested for enslaving monkeys.
    (5) Karen was not available for this photo with the Carpenters. (And wooden you know it? Richard wasn’t there either! But at least he saw the photo.)
    (6) “I’m a butcher. I don’t cater to vegans!”
    (7) After a long day, the door-to-door salesman was sore head-to-foot.
    (8) After rubbing the lamp, a genie appeared. “I’ll give you three fishes!” (My advice to the fisherman: carpe diem!)
    (9) I hate to be picky, but that guy’s too old to be a minor. (Whoops! I think I just made a miner spelling error!)
    (10) That mill worker was the Miller’s daughter. Her full name was Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, and she went to work at the mill in order to determine which one of multiple suspects had committed a murder. (A blunt instrument⁠—the discarded fragment of an old millstone⁠⁠—was later auctioned off at Christie’s for £1,890.)

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    1. Victorian-era children worked in British mills from as young as 5 years old, Cindy. Working conditions were harsh, and they often had to work for 10 hours a day, six days a week. I’m sure the girl in this photo was wearing her ‘good clothes’ for the occasion.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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