We’ve been looking at surprising things you don’t know about 1816. That was the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city. So far, we’ve learned:
- There was no summer that year.
- The City of Bridges had no bridges yet.
- Public love-making was quite popular (waltzing).
- You paid nothing to mail a letter. You paid a lot to get one.
Now, we’ll send you back to 1816 to look for a job. Someone’s written a resume for you. Problem is you probably don’t know half the occupations listed on it. The following test may help.
The occupations on this test came from a Pittsburgh directory compiled in 1815.
- Skin dressers got animal skins ready for the manufacture of clothing and footwear.
- Drayman hauled heavy loads on sturdy carts called drayers.
- Milliners made and/or sold women’s hats. Men went to hatters.
- Two very different jobs with the same name. One dealt in boat equipment. The other household items.
- Glovers made and/or sold gloves.
- White-smiths typically worked in metals like pewter and tin. They usually do not require firing.
- Pittsburgh made much of the nation’s nails cut from iron strips.
- Carters drove smaller vehicles than waggoners or draymen. They could be pulled by horses, dogs or goats. In a pinch, you do the pulling.
- The directory politely lists retired judges and ne’er-do-wells as gentlemen.
- Mantua-makers fabricated fancy dresses for women. There were two in Pittsburgh. The name comes from an extreme form of either Italian or French fashion.
- Fancy carriage liners and ladies shoes were made of goat skin prepared in the Moroccan fashion.