William Mathers came to America from Ireland about 1865. He had a shoe and bootmaking business in New York City. Here are a few of the tools he might have used.
John Murphy was in Brooklyn in the 1870's. He came from Ireland and probably had several different jobs because on a couple of listings in City Directories he was just listed as a Laborer. Several years after that in the 1880 census he indicates he is a plasterer. Here are some tools he would have used.
Another ancestor John Nelson Moore was born in Savannah, Georgia and became a telegraph operator for the Rail Road. Around 1917 he brought his Mother and family up to New York City. He work as a telegraph operator for newspapers, Western Union, and retired from Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis Brokerage Firm as their manager of the Telegraph/Ticker Tape room. Below is a picture of an early machine that he would have used.
John Moore's wife Isabel Tierney worked before she got married in 1918. I believe that is how the two of them met. She was a telephone operator on Wall Street. Also her daughter Ruth, my mother, also worked as a telephone operator and met my father down in the Wall Street area. Here is what they probably worked on.
James R. Mathews, my Dad, was an editor, and a ghost writer (he wrote articles and speeches for other people). These were his tools.