1890 Census: Occupations
The United States was a very different place in 1890. The individual Census Takers who would visit your home or farm were given a list of codes for each occupation that they could then record on the census questionnaire for your family.
Take a look at this list...you may have to go to your dictionary to find out what some of these jobs were.
There are some interesting oddities: photographer is on the list even though George Eastman's first camera
(which he called the "Kodak") wasn't offered for sale until 1888; A person who built stairs for a living had
their own category; Railroads had thirteen different occupations, but they were only two codes.