Historical Trades (Occupations)

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  1. Kevin_Spradley

    Kevin_Spradley Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello all,
    I am looking for a good reference for list of historical occupations (trades, guilds, etc). I have done some quick searching on the web but have found nothing to my liking.

    For Example:
    Milliner - Hat maker (mainly made female clothing)
    Haberdasher - Hats (mainly made male clothing)
    Chandler - candle maker
    Fletcher - arrow maker


    etc.

    I would like a listing of these trades just for learning them. I currently participate in "Studio One Trivia" (people in atlanta know what i am talking about) and I would like to expand my knowledge on this topic. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. CharlesD

    CharlesD Screenwriter

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    cooper - barrel maker
     
  3. Eric_E

    Eric_E Supporting Actor

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    Blacksmith count? makes metal stuff
     
  5. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Silvermsiths
    Goldsmiths
    Tunesmiths

    Cartwrights? Wheelwrights?

    Bakers and Millers

    Innkeepers

    Privateers

    Knights-errant, Damsels

    Grave-robbers

    Neeer-do-wells, ruffians and miscreants

    Upstairs and Downstairs maids

    Game-keepers

    Scribes

    Inquisitors

    DeeJays

    Brewers

    Wizards, Alchemists

    Apothecaries

    Jesters, Fools

    Cabinboys

    Bell ringers

    Telegraphers

    Lamplighters

    Burlesque Dancers

    Ships Chandlers (I think they specialized in nautical supplies, don't know if candles was a major item of stock)
     
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    Kirk Gunn Screenwriter

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    Normans ????? (middle-aged beer-swizzling junkies from the '80s)

    NORM !!!!! (insert "Norm to Sammy" joke here...)






    Sorry to thread fart...
     
  7. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    I checked my family history and here are a couple more.
    Some of my relatives in the 1600s were classified as husbandman. HUSBANDMAN a person who operates a farm
    Another in the 1600s was called a Cordwainer - shoe repair I believe.
    Minuteman - Soldier of the revolutionary war
    1939 profession - dictaphone repairman
    Hope those might help
     
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    Henry Gale Producer

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    Rounder...Gadabout...Profligate
     
  9. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Barker (as in carnie, not tanner)

    On the long list linked by Eric, its interesting to me to see the word "wright" as an appendage to so many trades.
     
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    Don't forget skinner!
     
  11. Kevin_Spradley

    Kevin_Spradley Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks all, that was exactly what I was looking for.

    I had not seen that listing, it is perfect. I don't think I used the proper search parameters when I googled it. or didn't delve deep enough into the sites it responded with.

    Thanks again
     
  12. Kevin_Spradley

    Kevin_Spradley Stunt Coordinator

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    Almost forgot what a co-worker mentioned to me,

    if last names represent what people's occupation was, then what did John Hancock do?

    I'm not sure if I have all of the words correct in the quote, but I do believe it is from one of the Lampoon's Vacation movies. Please correct me as desired.
     
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    Wainwright - Wagon building/repair.
     
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    A few more for you:

    Postilion

    Coppersmith

    Apothecary

    Surgeon-Barber

    Abigail (a very junior maid; why this has caught on as a girl's name is beyond me)

    Skivvy

    Maids: e.g. housemaid, parlour maid, kitchen maid, lady's maid

    Butler (and under butler)

    Valet

    Haberdasher

    Crossing sweeper (would sweep the street clear of animal excrement, etc, for people crossing the street)
     
  15. Jeff Gatie

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    Barry Pederson for Cam Neely and Glenn Wesley who in turn was traded for the draft pick that brought Sergei Samsonov . . . oops, wrong kind of trade:b
     
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    Strumpet.
     
  17. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Harlot [​IMG]
     
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    Bricklayers. The Bricklaying Guilds of centuries ago are the forerunners of today's unions.
     
  19. John Watson

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    Featherbedders

    Another of the old unions [​IMG]
     
  20. Eric_E

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    Kevin: The quote is from Repossessed. Here's how IMDB lists that exchange:

    Freda: What does the name 'Aglet' mean anyway?
    Braydon: Well a long time ago 'Aglet' meant 'He who puts those tiny little plastic things on shoelaces' you see a long time a go a man's name was his profession.
    Freda: Oh so a man named Fred Carpenter would build houses and John Baker would make bread.
    Braydon: Exactly.
    Ned: So what did John Hancock do?
     

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