16 Strangest Jobs That Fortunately or Unfortunately Don't Exist Anymore

Technology is not good for everyone, like for people who lose their jobs because of technological advancements. If these jobs had existed today, many more people would've been employed and there would've definitely been more people above the Below Poverty Line (BPL). 

1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter, Brooklyn, New York

1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter, Brooklyn, New York
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Young boys were hired to set up the pins for clients at Bowling alleys, there was nothing automatic about it.

2. Lector (Reader) Who Entertained Factory Workers, Florida and New York, United States

2. Lector (Reader) Who Entertained Factory Workers, Florida and New York, United States
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Factories employed men to entertain workers while they were at work. They stood on an elevated platform and read books, newspapers and the like. Here, a newspaper reader is reading out to cigar workers in Key West, Florida in 1930.

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The factory workers pooled in money to pay these entertainers. This job idea was originated in Cuba and is still know there today.

3. Lamplighter, Massachusetts, USA

3. Lamplighter, Massachusetts, USA
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The oldest lamplighter John Jennings lit his last street lamps in 1950's in London.

4. Switchboard Operator, Boston, United States

4. Switchboard Operator, Boston, United States
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They were operators who helped in connecting long-distance calls. They were highly important in carrying out most operations in a telephone network company. Now it's all digital.

5. Human Alarm Clock, London

5. Human Alarm Clock, London
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This is the cutest profession of all times. These workers, who essentially acted as alarm clocks for their clients, used sticks, clubs or pebbles to knock on their windows and doors to wake them up to go for their jobs.

6. Gandy Dancers, American Railways

6. Gandy Dancers, American Railways
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Gandy dancers was a slang used for railroad workers, they were responsible for laying tracks for railroads before machines came up and started doing their jobs. They were famous for singing songs while toiling.

7. Ice Cutters, Canada

7. Ice Cutters, Canada
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At the time when freezing techniques in refrigerators were not that common, men were employed to saw up the ice on frozen lakes for people to use it in their refrigerators. This work was often carried out in extreme conditions, which is dangerous for most people.

8. Leech Collectors, Europe

8. Leech Collectors, Europe
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In 1800s, Leech collecting was a very popular job role. Leech collectors often used animals' legs to attract leeches to give them to doctors for bloodletting.

9. Town Crier, England

9. Town Crier, England
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Town crier made important announcements with his booming voice when there was no other way of spreading important news around through text alerts etc. Today, one of them only trots out when a British Royal family has a baby.

10. Resurrectionist, Scotland

10. Resurrectionist, Scotland
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They were popularly known as "body snatchers" who were hired in the 19th century to resort to illegal means of finding corpses from the graveyards to be used as cadavers  to teach university students.

11. Plague Doctors, Europe

11. Plague Doctors, Europe
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Plague doctors wore horrific uniforms in 1600s. The beak mask had spices stuck on it that was thought to purify air and the wand was used to touch the patients from a distance, preventing them from giving nightmares to the patients.

12. Log Driver, Europe and North America

12. Log Driver, Europe and North America
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When transport facilities didn't exist for transporting logs to the processing sites, men were hired to guide logs down the river from logging sites to processing sites.

13. Barber Surgeon, Medieval Europe

13. Barber Surgeon, Medieval Europe
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Barber Surgeons were one of the most common medical practitioners in the Middles ages in Europe. They were employed for looking after soldiers in the battlefield. From cutting hair to cutting off limbs, they could do everything.

14. Rat Catcher, Europe

14. Rat Catcher, Europe
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Rat catchers were mostly employed in Europe. There was high risk of bites and infections in this job but they helped preventing the spread of such infections in public.

15. Food Taster, Europe

15. Food Taster, Europe
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Such brave humans were hired by royal families centuries ago to take on the risk of tasting their food before they ate it, to test whether it was poisoned or safe. This courageous lady, Margot Woelk, was one of Adolf Hitler's food testers during World War II.

16. Pre-radar Listener For Enemy Aircraft, Great Britain

16. Pre-radar Listener For Enemy Aircraft, Great Britain
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These listening devices were used to identify the sounds of the approaching aircraft of the enemies. This was before Radar was discovered.

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Acoustic mirrors were also used to identify the vibrations of the enemy's aircrafts and they were built between 1927-30 to be used after World War I.

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