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1 1939 terminology on Thu May 05, 2016 10:10 am


The other day I looked a couple of cases up at the library and 3 of the people were marked as "incapacitated" - two in one family.

One was an older lady who passed away shortly after so can understand it for her but the others were a 15 year old girl and a 42 year old man - the man being Richard H the "snail eating bachelor" youngest son of Thomas.

Has anyone come across it before and does it mean disabled or something else?

I've also yet to find a woman who is described as anything but "unpaid domestic duties"

Thank you sunny

2 Re: 1939 terminology on Fri May 06, 2016 3:06 pm

Good question Very Happy  - but I have absolutely no idea what the answer is Sad

Fortunately for me I haven't come across any "incapacitated" peeps in any of my searches.

I did almost find a married woman who wasn't listed as undertaking "unpaid domestic duties" Smile   Something like "part-time secretary" had been written in and then crossed out in favour of the ubiquitous "unpaid domestic duties"   Rolling Eyes

Have you asked on RC? Some clever peep there might know the answer  Very Happy  


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3 Re: 1939 terminology on Fri May 06, 2016 10:00 pm


That's funny your lady being demoted to unpaid domestic duties Laughing

I thought it safer to post on here first, you know what it's like on RC if you dare ask something that has been covered you will be told in no uncertain terms where to go Exclamation

Anyway been googling and look what the top occupation for women was Shocked

The top 10 occupations recorded for women were:

1) Unpaid domestic duties  Very Happy

2) Shop owner/worker

3) Clerk /administrative duties

4) Paid domestic duties

5) Retired

6) Machinist

7) Typist

8 Incapacitated

9) Private means

10) housekeeper

4 Re: 1939 terminology on Fri May 06, 2016 10:02 pm


And just to be fair this is the list for men

The top 10 occupations recorded for men were:

1) Retired

2) Clerk (from railway to civil service)

3) Motor vehicle driver (from lorry driver to chauffeur)

4) Farm worker

5) General labourer

6) Fitter (from gas to machine)

7) Engineer (from radio service to aircraft engineer)

8 Coalminer/hewer

9) Shop owner/worker

10) Railway worker

5 Re: 1939 terminology on Sat May 07, 2016 3:03 pm

Oh, wouldn't you have just loved to be a rich enough woman to be listed as "private means"?  Laughing

If you do brave RC and get helped, please let us know  Twisted Evil


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6 Re: 1939 terminology on Sat May 07, 2016 4:21 pm


I have braved it pale

How different would those lists read today.

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