Children’s books dispensed practical information about the world, and some focused on occupations. The Book of Trades and Professions: or Familiar Objects Described, published in Philadelphia and New York in 1850, was “designed to awaken and stimulate in the minds of children, the useful spirit of curiosity, and the active habits of inquiry, which contribute to the formation of a character of solid usefulness.” The book deals largely with the mechanical trades and urges children to visit workshops to observe and study “the processes of the useful arts.” Descriptions of the occupations include the skills needed and the health hazards of the job. The series on the building trades includes pictures of: the Glazier (figure 21), the Carpenter (figure 22), the Mason (figure 23), and the Housepainter (figure 24).

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