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Image: List of workers in the greenhouse and grounds, 1888.
Image: Lamplighter job description, 1888.
List of workers in the greenhouse and grounds, 1888.

Among those working as laborers and gardeners on the White House grounds in 1888 were employees born in France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland, as well as Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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Lamplighter job description, 1888.

Working on average five hours a day, the White House lamplighter was responsible not only for illuminating and extinguishing the lamps, but also for lighting fires, removing ashes, cleaning the basement, and polishing the ranges. Electric lights were not installed in the White House until 1891.

National Archives and Records Administration



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