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15 Jobs From The Past That Technology Made Obsolote

Human alarm clock

Back in the day, "knocker-uppers" were employed to make sure people woke up on time, usually employing sticks, pebbles, or clubs to knock on the doors and windows of clients.
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Lector

Are you bored? How about having a well-spoken gentleman read to you to keep you entertained? Lectors are well-spoken gentlemen who were employed to read to large rooms of factory workers and keep them entertained.
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Pre-Radar Listener for Enemy Aircraft

Military troops used acoustic mirrors and listening devices to focus and detect the sound of engines from approaching aircraft.
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Rat Catcher

It’s pretty much just what it sounds like... these men catch rats before better traps and extermination techniques were introduced.
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Bowling Pin Setter

Employees (usually young boys) would have to manually set up the appropriate pins for the next frame.
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Human Computer

Yup, calculations and computations were done by a person (usually a young woman) back then.
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Chimney Sweep

These men would climb up your chimney and clean out all the soot from a winter of burning fires. Although there are still people who can come and clean out your chimney today, people are now leaning more on mechanized cleaning options — and space heaters.
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Ice Cutter

Back in the old days, ice cutters would cut up ice on frozen lakes for people to use in their cellars or make-shift fridges.
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Switchboard Operator

Before modern technology, switchboard operators were integral parts of a telephone network’s operation.
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Resurrectionist

Obtaining cadavers through legal means was rare and difficult task in the 19th century, universities had to resort to other means to provide cadavers for their students -- hiring men to remove corpses from graves.
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Daguerreotypist

In an age before selfies, daguerreotypists were the earliest photographers who made images of polished silver.
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Lamplighter

Modern streetlights automatically turn on at dusk, but before this innovation, lamplighters used to light, extinguish and refuel street lamps.
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Gandy Dancer

The work involves the laying down and maintaining of the railroad tracks manually. The lining bar was called a “gandy” and the dancing refers to the movement of the workers.
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Milkman

Before modern refrigeration, you wouldn’t have your milk until the milkman delivers it to you, a necessary job seeing how it would spoil if not properly preserved.
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Log Driver

Before technology or infrastructure made it possible to transport logs by truck, log drivers would float and guide them down rivers from logging sites to processing areas.
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H/T Boredpanda

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