Curious Ways of Space—Time Money Making
The following are a number of unusual and strange ways employed in this country in the process of making a living:
RAISING FERRETS—These animals are used by ship companies to rid ships of rats, also by warehouses for the same purpose. A number of people are engaged in raising ferrets. Starting with twenty or thirty breeding ferrets you can increase that number to several thousand, depending on how much land you have for that purpose.
SELLING A VIEW OF NEW YORK HARBOR—One man makes a a living in New York by selling visitors the use of binoculars with which they can see all points of interest in New York Harbor, including the incoming and outgoing transatlantic ocean liners. If you live near a place of special interest where tourists frequent you should be able to employ a couple of pairs of binoculars to advantage. Charge 10 cents for a five-minute use.
ANGLE WORMS—Biologists, medical schools for courses in comparative anatomy, and scientific museums buy a great many angle worms. One man is known to make $1,000 a year by gathering perfect specimens of angle worm.
CONVERTING TIN CANS INTO SALABLE PRODUCTS—Anyone handy with tools and a paint brush can make such things as candle sticks, ash trays, match boxes, cookie cutters, and a number of other salable products from tin cans.
FROG FARMER—There is a constant demand for frogs, chiefly for medical schools and for biological laboratories for investigation. Several thousand frogs can be raised on one acre of suitable ground each year. Prices for frogs range from $2 to $10 a dozen. Bullfrogs are exported to foreign countries for zoological display purposes.
RAT CULTURIST—Biological and experimental laboratories are a good market for white rats. Some breeders specialize in the pedigreed kind and sell them at $2 apiece to biological, medical schools, and commercial organizations for feeding tests.
RATTLESNAKE BREEDING—Rattlesnake poison is useful for the preparation of a serum that will cure snake bites. Those engaged in this business find it very profitable.
ANIMAL FARMING—A number of people are profitably engaged in training bears, horses, dogs, seals, and other pets to do tricks for vaudeville, stage and movies. In California, there are a few who are engaged in the daring enterprise of farming lions. Cubs and mature lions are sold at a very high price to circuses and motion picture studios.
PIGEON FANCIER—Raising pigeons and training them to deliver messages is another unusual occupation. It is reported that one progressive company employs several hundred such pigeons who are sent out with salesmen to isolated stores. The pigeons return with orders for merchandise fastened to their legs, while the salesman; continues his journey.
FISHING FOR COINS—On busy city streets, many valuables are lost through sidewalk and subway gratings. A number of people are seen at times trying to fish them up by means of poles tipped at the end with a piece of chewing gum; also by means of hooks, magnets and other ingenious contraptions.
BEACH COMBING—At summer resorts one can see almost any early morning a number of men engaged in sifting the sand with sieves for coins and jewelry lost the day before by bathers and sun baskers. They also pick up many valuables washed in by the tide during the night.
ANIMAL UNDERTAKER—Many people value their pets almost as much as their children and relatives. A number of graveyards for pets have sprung up, catering to people who love animals and want them buried like human beings at death.
FORTUNE TELLING—Here is an industry that reaps unbelievable fortunes. Astrologists, palm readers, phrenologists thrive at every summer and winter resort. Even those who look upon fortune telling as pseudo-scientific enjoy the experience.
INCOME FROM GRAVE DECORATING—Many people are anxious that the graves of their dear departed ones should always be kept in good condition and covered with flowers. A number of women are engaged in this work. They visit graves, notice those that are neglected, look up the nearest relatives and sell them the idea of keeping the graves in good condition, charging a small monthly fee for this work.
ORNAMENTS FROM COW HORNS—One man has built up a very profitable business by buying a number of cow horns at slaughter and packing houses, cutting them, polishing them, and then shaping them into ink containers, pen and pencil holders, stamp and pen point containers, etc. He puts them up, insets and sells them as souvenirs and novelties.
STEEPLEJACK—This brave individual, also known as the human fly, will perform stunts on the flagpole of a skyscraper hotel, or on a church spire. He risks his life, seldom gets killed, and makes a living by accepting contributions from admirers or from some organization who employs his stunt-making as a publicity-getting medium.
MAKING BASKETS FROM ARMADILLOS—The armadillo is a small animal covered with a heavy armored shell into which it can withdraw its head when in danger. An enterprising man discovered that the shells could be commercialized by turning them into baskets and other novelties.
PERSIAN CATS—Another man, aware of the fine price that can be obtained by selling the aristocratic-looking Persian cat, makes a business out of breeding these pussies, which he sells to pet shops.
MONEY FROM PRIZE CONTESTS—If anyone were to figure up the amount of money that is given away annually to the American public in the form of prizes, he would be amazed at the possibilities in this field. Prize winning requires a great deal of work and application. Look for these contest announcements in the daily newspapers, magazines, and radio announcements.
THE HELLO VOICE—There's the woman with the very attractive telephone voice and manner, who is employed by stores and other commercial institutions to call up customers and prospective customers on the telephone advising them about special sales or special bargain opportunities.
THE PROCESS SERVER—In these days when nearly everybody is only a few steps ahead of the sheriff, the duties of the process server are known to everybody. He is the lady or the gentleman who hands you a summons to appear in court for neglect to pay rent, bills, alimony, etc. He usually earns $1 for every summons that he serves. In very difficult cases he gets as much as $5. This is a very profitable spare time business.
THE BLOOD DONOR—This gentleman will be found among college men who still believe that a college education is worth every sacrifice. He sells his blood to hospitals and to doctors for the purpose of blood transfusions.
SUBJECT FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTING—This specimen is also to be found among college students, although not necessarily so. They lend themselves to all sorts of scientific experiments at a a fixed price an hour. Psychological laboratories use them to test out the effects of coffee or other products on sleep; also the increase or decrease of fatigue under certain conditions, etc.
MISCELLANEOUS—Then we have a number of special occupations which do not require much explanation, such as the snake tamer, the dog catcher, the pest exterminator, the female taxi driver, the political lobbyist, the ward boss, the professional bondsman, the stamp and coin collector, the rare book collector, and the artist's, model.
Note: To account for inflation, multiply prices by 8 to 10.