Plenty of jobs exist today that didn’t exist 10, 20 or 30 years ago – social media analyst, app developer, etc. – but we’re not exactly awash in jobs, either. So what happened to all of those old jobs? This list of pictures will go over a few jobs that have gone the way of the dinosaur.
The disappearance of the majority of these jobs can simply be attributed to technological advances. Modern bowling alleys have elaborate systems that collect balls and pins, so pinsetters are no longer necessary. With the spread of proper refrigeration, ice cutters became athing of the past.
While the world’s hordes of unemployed students may disagree, it’s probably a good thing that most of these jobs are gone. Some of these jobs were very dangerous, and some even employed children.
1-2 Bowling Alley Pinsetter ( Bowling alley pinsetters were young boys employed at bowling alleys to set up the pins for clients.)
3-5 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.)
6-7 Ice Cutter ( Before modern refrigeration techniques became widespread, ice cutters would saw up the ice on frozen lakes for people to use in their cellars and refrigerators. It was a dangerous job often done inextreme conditions.)
8-9 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 aircraft.)
10 Rat Catcher ( Rat catchers were employed in Europe to control rat populations. They ran high risks of suffering bights and infections, but helpedprevent these from spreading to the public.)