Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cowboys and Coffin Makers

I couldn't resist picking up Cowboys and Coffin Makers: One Hundred 19th Century Jobs You Might Have Feared or Fancied by Laurie Coulter up off of the new book shelf. The book begins with a time line of changes that took place in the 19th century to get the reader a little perspective on this portion of our history.

Some of the jobs in this book you may have heard of such as lighthouse keeper or explorer, but others may be new to you. Here are a few that I just learned about: jimmy duck, mule spinner, iron puddler, ship biscuit maker, and limner. Have you ever heard of these careers?

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