This blog post originally appeared 10/9/2007.
I was browsing the 1900 U.S. Census's "Occupation" volume -- such is the life of a reference librarian -- and some of the statistics are fascinating.
In Mississippi in 1900, there were:
51 male Architects
0 female Architects
15 male Cigar and tobacco salespersons
2 female Cigar and tobacco salespersons
25 male Butter and cheesemakers
0 female Butter and cheesemakers
0 male Boxmakers (paper)
1 female Boxmaker (paper)
1 male Umbrella and parasol maker
0 female Umbrella and parasol makers
0 male Engravers
0 female Engravers
26 male Office boys
1 female Office boy
1 male Quarryman
0 female Quarrymen
I'm a little confused about how there could be only one quarryman in the state. It must've been a really, really small quarry.
(from Occupations at the 12th Census. U.S. Census Office. 12th Census, 1900.)