The Libraries has countless images in its Galaxy of Images website and online exhibitions and collections featuring people from all eras working hard to make a living.
Here are a few highlights:
William Gilbert, De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure; Physiologia Nova [On the magnet, magnetic bodies, and the great magnet of the Earth . . .], 1600, Man at work at a forge.
American Button-Hole, Overseaming, and Sewing Machine Company, [Flier featuring a picture
of a woman in formal dress sitting at a sewing machine], 1874, from Sewing Machines.
Portrait of Robert William Holley, biochemist, Scientific Identity: Portraits from the
Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, 2003, , from Scientific Identity.
Painted drawings by Rhodesian school children in the Smithsonian Institution [graphic]., 1961-1967, Women's work.
Lithographic printing shop of Wagner & McGuigan, Philadelphia: about 1850. Courtesy of the Harry T. Peters Collection, Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, from Picturing Words.