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Plenty of jobs exist today that didn’t exist 10, 20 or 30 years ago – social media analyst, app developer, etc. – but we’re not exactly awash in jobs, either. So what happened to all of those old jobs? This list of pictures will go over a few jobs that have gone the way of the dinosaur.

The disappearance of the majority of these jobs can simply be attributed to technological advances. Modern bowling alleys have elaborate systems that collect balls and pins, so pinsetters are no longer necessary. With the spread of proper refrigeration, ice cutters became a thing of the past.

While the world’s hordes of unemployed students may disagree, it’s probably a good thing that most of these jobs are gone. Some of these jobs were very dangerous, and some even employed children.


1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter (Image credits: shorpy.com)

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Bowling alley pinsetters were young boys employed at bowling alleys to set up the pins for clients.


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2. Human Alarm Clock (Image credits: laboiteverte.fr)

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Knocker-uppers were essentially alarm clocks – they were hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their own jobs. They would use sticks, clubs or pebbles to knock on clients’ windows and doors.


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3. Ice Cutter(Image credits: sharenator.com)

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4. Pre-radar Listener for Enemy Aircraft (Image credits: retronaut.com)

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Before radar, troops used acoustic mirrors and listening devices like these to focus and detect the sound of engines from approaching aircraft.


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5. Rat Catcher (Image credits: retronaut.com)

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Rat catchers were employed in Europe to control rat populations. They ran high risks of suffering rat bites and infections, but helped prevent these from spreading to the public.


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6. Lamplighter (Image credits: lamplighterswooster.com)

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Lamplighters used long poles to light, extinguish and refuel street lamps – until electric lamps were introduced.


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7. Log Driver (Image credits: wikipedia.org)

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Before the technology or infrastructure was available to transport logs by truck, log drivers would float and guide them down rivers from logging sites to processing areas.

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