Interesting profession from the distant past
If you think your job sucks or is boring, then most likely you’re right. But, dude, everything is relative, and in any case, your fate is much better than the hard workers of Victorian England. Don’t believe? Then read on!
1. A doctor who treats women’s hysteria
Since the time of Hippocrates feminine nature was and remains the subject of much attention. For example, such a disease as «Hysteria» (from ancient Greek. ὑστέρα – «womb»), is inherent only in the female sex, can cause patients fainting, irritability, aggression and even lead to complete madness and mental disorders of varying severity. But, fortunately, the doctors of the past knew one proven cure for this disease – an orgasm. In particular, orgasm was prescribed and directly «delivered» by a professional doctor. In the Victorian era was dominated by an epidemic of this disease, so that nine out of ten practitioners ordered in hospital «machines orgasm».
Hydrotherapy has become a popular way to assist women in their troubles. The regimen was very simple: the pipe, spraying water, inserted inside a woman’s vagina, and by changing the pressure and the pressure the patient receives the necessary treatment. While these procedures are strictly limited to five or ten minutes, after which the woman is happy obsahem, buttons corset and brisk steps out of the office to my room. Further in the course were the «grandparents» of modern vibrators, and those doctors who could not afford expensive medical equipment, was operating the old-fashioned method playful fingers.
This practice was so profitable that flourished throughout the 19th century. Well, after, when pornography appeared in the public domain, women have realized that they can help themselves to such simple treatment.
2. The lamplighter
Before the invention of electricity and lights, the city streets were dark and dangerous. London was especially known for having after dark from their burrows crawled pickpockets, robbers and other crooks. And the only ray of light in the darkness was a «boys-lamplighters» who walked with a burning rag on a stick, dipped in tar and lit the way noblemen. Although often these boys were themselves mishandled Cossack girls, and led the credulous people to criminals that are waiting around the next dark corner. There could be as lucky. This shop closed down in the early 19th century, when the city streets were illuminated by gas lights. And one popular newspaper, «Westminster Review,» noted in the article that gas lamp has eliminated far more crimes and signs of immorality than all the Church sermons combined.
With the advent of oil and kerosene lamps appeared and the special profession – the lamplighter. These people lit the light in the evening and extinguished in the morning. They also monitored the serviceability of the lights, went into repair, just add fuel or kerosene. Every lamplighter had in its Arsenal a long ladder and a pole to climb at a fairly decent height during operation. Profession gone, when in the second half of the XIX century invented the incandescent lamp.
3. The rat catcher
To the fear of a nuclear burnt offerings and global warming was the fear of the hordes of rats and the diseases they spread everywhere. At the end of the 18th century in the UK was attacked by a Horde of grey rats which were larger and stronger than their black counterparts. Gray rats were so dangerous that, according to contemporaries, was able to cut the hands and feet of infants and young children. To combat this formidable foe, English cities hired professional fishers to rats. Usually they were people from the lower strata of society, but were real masters of their craft. The last set against parasites specially trained dogs and ferrets, and a fellow named Jack black received the official title of Royal Piper at the court of Queen Victoria.
4. A sweeper
The aristocrats of the Victorian era had the arrogance of a special kind. They had few servants, butlers and lovers. They needed a person who would clean before them the earth from dust, dirt and horse manure that the noble Lord does not stain the shoes or hem of the elegant dress while Hiking. Usually in the role of the sweepers were the elderly or children; they are well paid for the work, leaving the tip and sometimes making gifts.
5. «Body Snatchers»
The lack of bodies was a serious problem for England of the 19th century. It was at this time an unexpected leap in the study of anatomy, and practitioners simply lacked a working material. But if there is demand, there will be supply! Therefore, there are the people who put such an unusual product. The profession of a robber of graves were highly paid and is associated with greater risk, as were not quite legitimate. But if the police caught one of the robbers, his work was considered an offense of medium gravity, whereas the theft of jewelry from a corpse was punishable by death. This profitable practice ended in 1832, when the government of great Britain passed the «anatomy act» which allowed legal autopsies and examination of human bodies for medical purposes and for the study of anatomy.
6. Gatherer of leeches
It is now the leeches are bred in the laboratory or open up the whole farm. But during the Victorian era people got into a pond teeming with these creatures, and stood there for hours until their legs are covered in a lively build-up of bloodsuckers. Needless to say that such a profession was not the most pleasant of all existing, plus the feet of the workers in the short time covered with scars, and they constantly suffered from shortage of blood.
Taxidermy has always been a strange area of needlework, but English taxidermists from the 1800s often rushed from one extreme to another. A master at the estate of Walter Potter was famous for creating unique dioramas, for example: marriage, kitties, squirrels, playing cards, rats, beaten by police, Guinea pigs playing cricket, and so on. Potter created for stuffed animals, small elegant houses, sewed clothes, tinted wool in General, did everything that girls do with their dolls, but not the men with the dead animals. At the end of life from Potter was such a huge collection that would be enough for a couple of museums in his hometown.