9 unusual professions that are extinct now
With the advent of modern age technology, a lot of jobs that were largely popular in the old age have become extinct. Let us take a look at some of these now-extinct jobs.
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And here are 9 jobs that no longer exist because easy and better ways have been created to make life generally easier:
#1 Human bowling pinsetter
Long before automated pinsetters were invented, pinsetters were originally young teenage boys (pin boys) who manually reset bowling pins and put the balls back in their place. It was a lowly paid job.
#2 Human alarm clock
In the past, especially during the industrial revolution in Britain and Ireland, it was the job of certain people known as “knocker-uppers” to serve as human alarm clocks and wake up their clients. Their clients were mostly factory workers who needed to get to work early.
#3 Ice cutter
It was the job of certain people back in the days to cut out large chunks of ice from frozen natural water sources with long hand saws. The ice was a means of keeping things fresh and cold before the advent of mechanical refrigerators.
#4 Manual rat catcher
In order to reduce the rate of rat infestation in Europe, certain people known as rat catchers were employed. Their job was to capture as many rats as possible. They used a wide variety of devices and weapons.
Imagine having to light the street lamps manually every night, this was how things were in the past. There were night owl lamplighters whose jobs were to light the street. This was long before the days of electricity.
In fact, this job still exists in some cities of the world as a tribute to the past.
#6 Handy old milkmen
The regular way of having milk in the past days was through the daily supply of milk from milkmen. It was the period before milk preservatives and naturally, milk had to be consumed and delivered daily.
This was a typical job in the past but traces of this particular method of milk delivery are still seen even now.
#7 Female switchboard operators
Switchboard operators were used by telecommunication corporations to connect incoming calls. This was the period before 1960s and women were highly demanded for this occupation because of their suitable personalities.
#8 Body-snatchers or resurrectionists
Body snatching was an illegal job that involved digging up corpses for weird scientific research. Resurrectionists were hired by extremist scientists who had no regard or respect for the dead. The job was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in the UK.
It's one of the jobs we're truly glad are extinct now.
A Lector in the olden days (although still a profession in parts of Cuba) was responsible for reading union publications and papers to workers at factories. They were usually hired by workers themselves at the factories or unions.
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