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Before Instagram, there were daguerreotypes

Aug 31, 2016
A daguerreotypist explains the art and technology behind an early form of photography.
A daguerreotype of Jack Be Little Squash.
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Man behind 'world's largest instrument'

Dec 22, 2014
A Macy's parade of music, thanks to the talents of an organist and a gigantic 110-year-old instrument.

Fishermen: Patiently waiting for something to bite

Oct 31, 2014
As cod fish disappear, we look at how the fishing industry might adapt

Pattern making: A stitch in time?

Apr 16, 2014
A look at how one pattern maker in Chicago thinks about her profession.

Disappearing jobs: Letterpress operator (video)

Oct 31, 2013
In our Disappearing Jobs series, we take a trip through a letterpress company.

The worst jobs in history

May 2, 2013
From leech gatherer to factory worker, breaking down some of history's worst jobs.

Technology takes a toll on toll collectors

Apr 8, 2013
In this latest installment of our series on disappearing jobs: the miracle of electronic toll collection comes at a human cost.

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop: Shoemakers

Mar 3, 2013
The shoe making industry has changed, but for one young craftsman, the old ways are still best.

A Hollywood job fades to black: Film projectionist

Feb 4, 2013
As movies go digital, a film projectionist talks about how it feels to be one of the last of his kind.