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.

Before you start reading, make sure you didn't miss our article about the flipsides (good and bad) of some modern jobs: 12 workers in various fields showed us the other side of their jobs

And here are 9 jobs that no longer exist because easy and better ways have been created to make life generally easier:

All these professions were the norm before the days of technological advancement. Reading about them makes us appreciate modern devices and at same time appreciate the work that people had to do to make life easier before better ways were developed.

Which of these professions do you wish never went extinct? Would you do any of these jobs? Tell us below.

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And what do you think about that? Do you have any interesting facts to share? If so, tell us in the comments below, please!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Lilian Ling
I guess I must be really old as, while still at school in the 1950’s, I milked cows by hand on my grandfather’s farm then, from 1953 to 1957 I was a switchboard operator (I had to take a second look to make sure I wasn’t on that picture). Followed that with secretarial school, shorthand and manual typewriter (no-one does either of those today, either) then executive secretary with an electric typewriter. Finally got into computers in the early 1980’s and became a data analyst. Now, I just play on my i-pad 😊
Feb 17, 2021 9:49PM
Raymond Cardona
I'm old enough to remember milkmen who delivered our milk in glass bottles. My mother used to shake the bottle to mix the cream into the milk. I also vaguely remember switchboard operators and party lines where a few people were connected on a single phone line. Bonnie
Feb 17, 2021 4:40PM
Steve Tingle
Milkmen are not extinct, I still get my milk left at the door 3 days a week - OK he has a modern truck now (rather than horse and cart) but the fact that it comes in glass bottles appeals to my conservationist side - no recycling - they are reused. And from my own career there were the Punch Cards people (mostly women) without whom no computer program could get into the computer - a few years after I started my career they were all pensioned off (or made redundant) as we the programmers could then enter our programs directly through terminals.
Feb 17, 2021 7:26PM
Jim Johnson
I remember the following: Party Lines, 3 long rings and 1 short, Milk being delivered, Milking by hand, my Aunt was a switchboard operator. She knew everyone in the small town of Jenks, OK. I have never heard of Lector’s or a “ knocker-up
Feb 17, 2021 7:52PM
I was a switchboard operator in the 80’s at a hospital in Ontario. A job I loved
Feb 17, 2021 4:43PM
Wow my age is a telling lessons these days. I actually did the first job listed - pin setting at the local bowling alley in Boulder City, NV - the pay wasn't that great but for a freshman in high school it wasn't bad - the pins went into a pin setting machine that we lowered by hand and put the pins in and then raised it so the bowler could roll the ball to get the spare assuming he or she didn't get a strike - then we would put the rest of the pins knocked down put them into the setter and then push down on the setter and push the rail and it would set the pins in the alley for the next bowler. Also my Grandmother was a Switchboard operator and it was common in those days. Our first phone number was 362M and it was a party line. So when you picked up the phone to call you had to listen and if the phone was being used by another party you had to put the phone down and wait.
Feb 11, 2024 5:35PM
Gilbert Barsky
I worked as a 'pin up' boy. We had to grab all the pins and set them up as quickly as possible. The pins had a hole drilled into the bottom. When we went to set them up, we stepped on a elver which raised up some sort of nails where the pins had to sit. We just set the pins onto the nails. If we worked fast enough, or the bowlers were really nice, they would send a dime, or even better, a quarter down the lane at the end of the game.
Nov 9, 2023 6:01PM
Conrado De Leon
The knocker who woke up the whole village is the theme of a great story by Eric Knight, the author of Lassie, in his delightful book "The Flying Yorkshireman!". The story is called "Never come Monday" and is about a knocker who decides it is still Sunday for several days, creating a world-wide conflict.
Oct 13, 2023 11:38PM
Caroline Weis
One of my great aunts operated a switchboard backin the 40's and 50's. i can remember my mother ringing her when she made calls and we were on a party line. I also helped my father deliver eggs house to house to customers. He had around 600 customers and that was a lot of eggs to be delivered. We were on the route 5 days a week. A friend of ours had a dairy farm and delivered milk to people as well as the schools in the area.
Sep 27, 2023 2:47PM
bina sarmah
I remember to ask hotel lobby person to wake me up on certain time in the morning. It was their duty too. It was in 90s.
Sep 6, 2023 10:34PM
bina sarmah
Steve Tingle, Milkman is still there.
Sep 6, 2023 10:32PM
Lupe Hernandez
I remember the milkman delivering our milk, the Helm's bakery truck bringing fresh baked pastries, my brother was a bowling alley pin setter, a two party telephone line and a few other things not seen anymore.
Apr 14, 2023 6:57PM
Scott Aird
We also had a “ party line” telephone. 3 houses, I believe
Mar 14, 2023 9:19PM
Scott Aird
In the late 50s and early 60s we had a milkman, a bread man , and an orange juice man( “ Home Juice “ was the company name ) plus an irregular egg salesman. Clarkson Ontario.
Mar 14, 2023 9:18PM
I was a switchboard operator for the government department 🏬 I worked for in the mid 1980s. I was 20 at the time. I also remember milk and bread being home delivered. I once was saw a dog🐕 making off with someone's loaf of bread. My teenage cousin worked briefly as a milkman in the late 80s early 90s.
Feb 9, 2023 6:40PM
So basically the last one wasn't really a profession but illegal activity that actually still exists.
Jan 21, 2023 5:41PM
Léger Cadorette
I would have chosen to be a LAMPLIGHTER, a way to make life more enjoyable for all‼️
Dec 17, 2022 5:59PM
Lynne Zeman
Michael Krol, funny!
Sep 2, 2022 9:43PM
Lynne Zeman
I remember the milkman visits to our home back in the 50s, and I recall speaking to a switchboard operator around that time. We had a party line with 3-5 houses on the same line so we would check to see if anyone was on the line before we made our call. But of course some listened in... My husband was a bowling lane pin setter in his teens and had some close calls...
Sep 2, 2022 9:40PM
Bob Fowler
I helped on milk round in the 60s .Then whilst Training to become a Driving Instructor I was a Milkman for 3/4 Days a week. I enjoyed going out with my Dog very early. We covered a big area in between Bath and Salisbury UK. One Day some visiting Americans asked to take some Pictures of me and my Jack Russell in the Milkfloat .
Jul 14, 2022 6:28AM


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