10 Jobs that no longer exist today


1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter 


Bowling alley pinsetters were young boys employed at bowling alleys to set up the pins for clients.

2. Human Alarm Clock


Knocker-uppers were essentially alarm clocks – they were hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their own jobs. They would use sticks, clubs or pebbles to knock on clients’ windows and doors.

3. Pre-radar Listener For Enemy Aircraft


Before radar, troops used acoustic mirrors and listening devices like these to focus and detect the sound of engines from approaching aircrafts.

4. Rat Catcher


Rat catchers were employed to control rat populations. They ran high risks of suffering bights and infections, but helped prevent these from spreading to the public.

5. Lamplighter


Lamplighters used long poles to light, extinguish and refuel street lamps – until electric lamps were introduced.

6. Milkman


Before suitable refrigeration and preservation techniques were available, milk had to be delivered daily, or else it would spoil. This was the daily job of the milkman.

7. Log Driver


Before the technology or infrastructure was available to transport logs by truck, log drivers would float and guide them down rivers from logging sites to processing areas.

8. Switchboard Operator


Switchboard operators were integral parts of a telephone network’s operation before modern technology rendered them obsolete. They would connect long-distance calls and do other things that are now done digitally.

9. Resurrectionist 


Resurrectionists, or “body snatchers,” were hired in the 19th century to remove corpses from graves for universities to use as cadavers. Cadavers from legal means were rare and difficult to obtain, so universities had to resort to other means to procure cadavers for their students.

10. Lector Who Entertained Factory Workers


Broadly speaking, a lector is simply someone who reads. However, they were often hired with money pooled from workers to read to large rooms full of manual laborers to keep them entertained. Some read left-leaning or union publications to the workers.

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