How would you like a job as “sandwich man”? Or how about “inspector of lunch” or “collector of eggs”? Those are some of the rather arcane job titles listed by individuals answering the 1880 U.S. Census, according to the ancestry.com website. Bars seemed to be a popular service industry 130 years ago, as some 30,000 individuals (out of a total population of 50 million) listed themselves as “saloonkeepers.” Given that about 40 percent of the population was under age 15, that meant one of ...
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