Some jobs may be dirty but someone’s gotta do them still. Luckily, technology has that pretty much sorted things out. Though it would be nice if we could take a look back in time at all the jobs people used to have to do manually.
For all the curious folks out there, here are 10 jobs from the past that have been completely erased by technology.
#1. Switchboard Operator
This is a job that a lot of women did back in the day. Switchboard operators are responsible for connecting long-distance calls, something that is now done digitally in less than a millisecond!
No, nothing to do with the occult here. Ressurectionists would dig out corpses from graveyards so that they can be studied in universities.
#3. Rat Catcher
Before mass-produced rat poison and repellents, rat catchers were responsible for controlling the rat population in cities. They often suffer bites and infections but it was all part of the job.
#4. Listener for Enemy Aircraft
You can laugh all you want but this job was very important during the war! They used acoustic mirrors and listening devices to detect the sound of approaching aircraft.
#5. Log Diver
Before logs could be hauled onto trucks, log divers would float and guide the logs down rivers from logging sites to the processing areas.
#6. Entertainer for Factory Workers
Also called lectors, these entertainers would read to manual laborers to keep them entertained and alert.
Lamplighters used to literally light up street lamps with long poles with a lit taper at the end. They were also responsible for refueling and extinguishing the lamps.
#8. Ice Cutter
Before the invention of the refrigerator, ice cutters would saw up ice from frozen lakes for people to use in their cellars.
#9. Human Alarm Clock
These folks would knock on doors or throw pebbles at windows to make sure their clients would wake up on time.
#10. Bowling Alley Pinsetter
Before machines collected and re-set the pins, young boys would usually do this task manually.
Before electricity and robotics, more people had jobs, menial as they were but with the advancement of technology, these jobs soon became extinct.
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