11 extremely bizarre jobs that NO LONGER EXIST
With the advance of technology, we accustomed to the fact that a lot of tasks and professions are strongly determined by the mentioned technology. However, people needs in the past were completely different and that’s why there were some professions that no longer exist. We will present you below a list of such professions. It’s incredible and unthinkable that we needed to hire people to do these things for us. You just won’t believe it!
1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter
These days we use machines and electronic equipment to collect the dropped bowls. However, the history of bowling alleys and bowling itself starts much earlier than technology we know. That’s why in old days it was necessary to use human hands and brains to count and place the bowls. It is very probable that the bowling game lasted a lot longer than today.
2. Ice Cutter
This profession doesn’t exist anymore. In the past, when the lakes froze, ice cutters were there to cut pieces of ice and transport them to the ice distributors.
3. Human Alarm Clock
Probably the first sounds that you can hear in the morning are the ones that come from the alarm clock or your mobile phone. However, it’s good to keep in mind that back in the days there were no such inventions but people still had to wake up early and go to work. For that sake, there was such a profession as the human alarm clock. It was basically a person with sticks or clubs to knock on doors and windows to wake other people up.
4. Pre-radar Listener For Enemy Aircraft
Nowadays, technology successfully replaced human with radars in order to locate aircraft. We aren’t talking about military aircraft only, however we have to admit that enemy aircraft was the driving force to create this peculiar systems of detection. Thanks to these people, the military was able to hear enemy war planes and warn their troops about the danger.
5. Rat Catcher
Rats are one of those animals that have always followed the humankind wherever it moved. Throughout human history, mice have always existed and they weren’t something desired by people. In Europe, rat catchers controlled the population of rats in order to avoid spreading diseases.
It may seem peculiar nowadays, but street lamps appeared in cities long before electricity. The necessity to enlighten dark city streets led humanity to develop a non-electrical system of enlightenment. How did it work then? There was a special profession that is no longer present. Dedicated person was responsible for lighting street lamps every evening and extinguishing them every morning.
The technology of food storing and refrigeration was not well developed in the past. In other words, there were no electric fridges. That’s why fresh milk had to be delivered every morning. Now it’s just a memory stamped in historical movies.
8. Switchboard Operator
When communication technology was still crawling and the cable was the biggest ally, call transmissions weren't something automatized. There was a person required to connect a speaker to the receiver. Nowadays, it’s an obsolete profession.
9. Log Driver
Are you able to imagine that not so long ago there were no trucks to deliver heavy cargos? How did humanity cope in that case? With small cargos? That was maybe an option with small deliveries, such as food, but what was happening with all that huge and heavy stuff waiting to be transported? Good example are tree logs. They had to be transported from the forests to the processing areas and those places were often far away. In order to solve the distance problem, this profession was invented. Log drivers were responsible for driving logs down the river until trucks were discovered.
The name may sound very lofty, but there were simply corpse thieves in the 19th century. They worked for universities and their task consisted of removing corpses from their tombs.
11. Lector who entertained factory workers
This last example is quite interesting. There was a lector hired by the company in order to provide employees with leisure and entertainment. As they worked long hours, they needed somebody to amuse them for a while.
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