Life in 1917: What would you be doing?

We were curious about all the different cultural and professional changes that occurred before, during, and after the war which lead us to ask this question: What would we have been doing professionally in 1917?Now, as we are librarians, a profession that did exist,  chances are we would still be doing the same thing, though not for the government as Army, Marine, and Navy libraries didn’t exist yet. So many modern occupations have only existed a short time, like web designer, so if you try to look back and guess, where would you be working? Write in the comments and let us know!


  5 comments for “Life in 1917: What would you be doing?

  1. marlon martin
    March 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    In 1917 the options would have not been plentiful. I would assume I would be working on a farm, hopefully some type of factory work, helping to build this nation.


    • Patricia Tucker
      March 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I would probably have been a teacher, but if married maybe not as some schools only wanted unmarried women!


  2. Deborah Uhler
    March 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    A hundred years ago I would be living on the plains of South Dakota. Women had a really hard life then. Clothes were washed on a scrub board and then hung on a line to dry. Winters could be very harsh. All foods for the family was gathered in by the fall.


    • Melani Kimery
      March 9, 2017 at 10:24 am

      My grandmother, 100 years ago, was working in a garment factory on the south side of Chicago. She was eight years old. She and her two sister worked 10-12 hour shifts on huge machine. Life was incredibility difficult for her and her family. I am truly thankful that I did not have to live during those tough times.


  3. March 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Most likely, working on a farm. Both sets of my parents and grandparents grew up on farms in northeast Nebraska.


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