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
dangerous, and some even employed children.
1-2 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.)
3-4 Lamplighter ( Lamplighters used long poles to light, extinguish and refuel street lamps – until electric lamps were introduced.)
5 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.)
6-7 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 anddo other things that are now done digitally.)
8 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.)
9-10 Lector Who Entertained Factory Workers ( Broadly speaking, alector 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.)