How Did You Survive In The 1800's?

Early America was... "rough" to say the least! How did you fare?

Jonny Richards
On Aug 14, 2015

What type of "smith" would you rather be?

Would you have gone to school?

Which of these do you think would sell the best in the 1800's?

Soap just broke on the scene, but people don't know how long it'll last... how many times a week would you wash?

Which of these quotations matches your 1800's attitude towards clothing?

What age would you live to in the 1800's?

How many children would you have in the 1800's?

What was your favorite new invention of the 1800's?

How do you deal with the town drunk?

You were a Skill Worker!

You were a Skill Worker!

Look at you, you've got the moves like Jagger... except with elements and stuff like that! As a skill worker, you were the man/woman when it came to your craft, whether it be a wood worker, tanner, gunsmith, blacksmith, glass blower, welder, and the list goes on and on. Living wasn't too bad for you back then, you had your trade, lived a relatively honest life, and passed on your skills to apprentices and your children. We'd say you were living the American dream at a different time period, so put your skills to work so you can earn a living today!

You were a Teacher!

You were a Teacher!

Ahhh, the caretaker of the next generation! During this time education and bathing are just now getting to be hot button topics, but you're smart so you knew what was up and you got yourself in a good position. Can you imagine some of the questions the kids were just leaking out? Or possibly the impossible answers you would have to give for answers like "teacher, what's cholera and why do I have it" or "teacher, what are colors"? That last one sounds familiar, and even the first one is not insurmountable for it is purely the act of talking with a child that does more good than anything! You helped build America, thank you!

You were a Merchant!

You were a Merchant!

Oh the sly merchant who goes from town to town and shuts it down, you are a natural born hustler! Consumerism was on the rise in the early 1800's and you are most of the reason why! The minute people started to develop the habits of purchasing things to enrich their lives, it was open market for you guys and you didn't disappoint! From being a saloon owner selling booze, to introducing socks to people's shoes, you've sold America exactly what it needed and exactly what it didn't even know it needed. We believe a sincere thank you from all of the American people is in order! You keep sellin' and we'll keep buyin'!

You were a Miner/RailRoad Worker!

You were a Miner/RailRoad Worker!

You are the people who helped consumerism move faster in America! Now where would we be without you? This is indirectly of course, and the 14 hour days couldn't have been extremely fun, but the people who stuck the course were disciplined and made an honest living. Sort of like the Van Gogh of the common man, your effect and hard work weren't truly realized until the industrial revolution was up and moving - sadly after most of you had passed from years of those terrible fumes. The railroad connected everybody and coal powered everything, so on you in effect laid down the initial tracks to get business to where it's at today. Thanks!?!

You were a Tailor/Seamstress!

You were a Tailor/Seamstress!

This skill was being put particularly on display during these times, and you are part of the original movement for people to "get fresh"! That means washing, sanitizing, and of course styling on your peers! Tailors and seamstresses started getting a lot of work after the invention of the Spinning Jenny and the boom of consumerism because people started realizing there was more to life than surviving! There's thriving, and nothing will make you feel better and more enterprising than a garment made specifically for you. Nowadays we're back to wearing ripped stuff and next to nothing, but you guys definitely helped the whole custom style thing get off the ground, so thank you!