1. JPK Huson 1863

    " Do You Know The Muffin Man? " Jobs We Never Heard Of

    An 1864 article from New Orleans spends a column bemoaning match makers. It get confusing. 150 years ago there were people making wooden sticks capable of producing fire and women whose jobs were finding suitable husbands for young women. Those sticks you can buy by the hundreds now at any...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " Help Wanted, Female Not Afraid To Work ", A Girl's Gotta Eat

    In this wildly romanticized 1863 illustration from one of Frank Leslie's magazines, a ' Lady ' is the center of attention, surrounded by luxury, pampered by her maids. Given a predilection towards peddling this kind of ideal 140 years ago, little wonder we're still at it, romanticizing the era...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Ladies Marking Time, Bringing Home The Bacon; Who We Were

    A mother and Milliner - creator of bonnets and hats for ladies, and daughter, in what seems a typical " Occupational Photograph " of the era. Her trade is displayed as a centerpiece and, quite wonderfully, the daughter's doll is wearing a tiny hat. " Occupational Photographs " seem to have been...

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