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Lost Occupations: A Glimpse In The Past

Fantastic to find the history of daily lives, their jobs, and their way of the simple life.

The Old Lamplighter

The Old Lamplighter

Here Are A Few Jobs of The Past

Breaker Boys: Young boys, usually usually six to twelve, were used as breaker boys, working six days a week, twelve hours a day, doing back-breaking work, and breathing coal dust contributing to lung problems. This work continued until the 1920s when Child Labor Laws changed that.

Resurrectionist: The workers would exhume recent deaths and then deliver the bodies to medical doctors or medical hospitals for their use in medical research.

Ice Breakers: Before refrigeration, ice cutters used hand saws or horse-drawn devices to supply ice to homes and businesses.

Scissors Grinder: A scissors grinder went door-to-door using a grinder wheel to sharpen knives and scissors. By the 1970s, it was cheaper and easier to replace them.

Telegraphist: A person would operate the telegraph using morse code. They were considered the first if "high-tech" occupations.

Pin Setters: Before automation, bowling alleys employed young boys to manually set the bowling pins.

Herb Strewers: In the 16th and 17th centuries, herb strewers covered the odors both outside and inside of castles and palaces. After perfume was developed, they were obsolete.

Knocker Uppers: Long before alarm clocks, a knocker upper would shoot peas at the glass windows or tap on the window using a long pole.

Gandy Dancer: A fellow working for the railroads did many tasks, including setting ties, hammering spikes, or replacing rails.

Switchboard Operator: Thousands of women operated switchboards before automation. By 1930, there were 235,000 telephone operators, and by 2021, only 5,000 remained. Their pay was .25 per hour.

Milkman: Before pasteurized milk and household refrigerators, milkmen delivered milk door-to-door each day.


Breaker Boys

Breaker Boys

Resurrectionist

Resurrectionist

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Ice Cutters

Ice Cutters

Ice Cutters

Ice Cutters

Pin Setters

Pin Setters

Pin Setters

Pin Setters

Knocker Upper

Knocker Upper

Switchboard Operators

Switchboard Operators

Milkmen Delivery

Milkmen Delivery

Occupation Expected To Disappear In The Next Ten Years

Jobs expected to disappear in the next ten years:

  • Retail cashiers
  • Telemarketers
  • News Delivery
  • Travel Agents
  • Postal Workers
  • Taxi Dispatchers
  • Typists

It might be prudent to look ahead and be prepared to educate yourself for a career change and a look to the future. By being prepared, one can avoid a lull in work.

Occupations Expected To Grow In The Next Ten Years

Occupations expected to grow in the next ten years:

  • Commercial Drone Operators
  • Digital Currency Advisors
  • Digital Locksmiths
  • Food Engineers
  • Home Automation Contractors
  • Personal Web Manager

This is a look to the future. Most of these will require education and licensing. Further research on each that is listed can be found on the internet. And they appear to be lucrative for salaries and even for self-employment to start a business.

Sources Used

https://www.dol.gov/agencies

https://www.mentalfloss.com/articles

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g4530


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