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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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34 Comments
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 😊
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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
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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.
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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
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Feb 17, 2021 7:52PM
Michael Krol
I helped the milkman on the horse and cart on a Saturday and the horse knew the round well walking on to the next house and stopping. Wages were a milk bottle of orange squash and a load of fertiliser for mam’s roses. When a horse has to go; a horse has to go.
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Jul 16, 2021 7:26AM
Michael Krol
I am still a knocker upper and my nasty neighbour hasn’t a clue who is doing it
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Jul 16, 2021 7:21AM
Amy Miller
My mother did the punch card thing back in the day. Not for long, it was one of many jobs she had.she eventually went to college and became a doctor.
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May 11, 2021 4:39PM
wertley
I remember a lot of these like the milkman, the beer distributor, the gas lamps in some areas, switchboard operators, ice being delivered, the breadman, hucksters for produce and street cleaners. Philadelphia and I'm 77!
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Apr 16, 2021 4:35PM
Mark Palmiter
I had forgotten about my job as a bowling pin setter until I read it in this article. It was at a bowling alley in my hometown.
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Feb 21, 2021 11:17PM
Linda Trainer
My great, great grandfather was a rat catcher in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Feb 20, 2021 2:33PM
Kerry Richards
The amish still harvest ice where I live.
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Feb 20, 2021 8:16AM
mldopeydoc
I LUV watching old movies & I always thought being a Lamplighter would be a gr8/fun job to have!
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Feb 18, 2021 9:20PM
Blanche Templar
We had a milk box that was actually built into the exterior wall of our house just outside the backdoor. The interior door was in the kitchen Years later when milk delivery was a thing of the past, my dad had new siding put on the house and the box became a key holder. .
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Feb 18, 2021 1:00PM
Nickey Welsh
Madi Marven, Oh yes put it round the roses in the garden.
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Feb 18, 2021 12:35PM
Eve
I remember milk deliveries and I worked for an answering machine that used the old cord boards. I had 80 ports on my board and I answered calls for all sorts of companies, hotels and medical professionals.
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Feb 18, 2021 10:53AM
Richard Perkins
6 and 7 were during my childhood. We had home milk delivery. When we wanted to make a phone call, we picked up the phone and the operator would say, "number please", and we would tell her the number and she would connect it.
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Feb 18, 2021 10:19AM
Dan Gottlieb
I know that the job of switchboard operator still existed into the 1970s. Body snatchers didn't only dig up bodies for weird scientific research. It was of course illegal, but they often sold the bodies to medical schools who in the end used them for legitimate study.
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Feb 18, 2021 8:55AM
Conrado De Leon
Pin-boys, called "para-palos" in Spanish was sometimes a dangerous occupation. A friend of mine (we were 14 years old) worked as a pin-boy during vacations in a summer resort, and was once hit by a pin that knocked him cold!!!
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Feb 18, 2021 8:34AM
Jean Fox
We had daily milkmen. I was a switchboard operator in the early 70s. Don't know how people have the nerve to say they have rotten jobs compared to some of these!!
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Feb 18, 2021 8:33AM

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