Old And Unusual Jobs That Are Obsolete In Modern Age (17 pics)

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Phrenologist
Before it was dismissed as a racist, awful pseudoscience, lots of people went to Phrenologists, who could "read" your intelligence by the shape of your head.
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Ice Cutter
Before you could get ice from your fridge, you had to cut it from a lake. You'd hire an Ice Cutter to do so.
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Badger
Back in the day when the farmer's market was just the market, folks called Badgers would buy produce from the farmer, bring it to market, and sell it to the customer. Linguists think the phrase "badger someone" came from their relentless salesmanship.
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Leech Collector
Back when medicine was in its "let's just bleed the patient" phase, people called Leech Collectors would cull leeches from the ground with animal legs and then sell them to doctors, who would then stick them on people to "treat" them.
5Unusual-Professions
Resurrectionist
In a similarly unsavory case of early medicine, Resurrectionists would dig corpses out of graveyards and sell them to medical schools.
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Powdermonkey
If you were a young boy on a warship back in the seafaring days, your quick hands would be called upon to stuff gunpowder back into cannons. Your title: Powdermonkey.
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Lungs
Alchemists needed somebody to keep their workshop fires going. Those professional stokers had a respiratory name: Lungs.
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Computer
Computer used to be somebody's title. Before electronics took over, these workers — usually women — would convert figures and crunch other numbers by hand.
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Lector
Factory workers needed a little entertainment, so a Lector read news and literature aloud to them.
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Milkman
Before everyone had refrigerators, it was difficult to keep milk from going bad. So you'd need it delivered regularly by your Milkman. With home refrigeration, this profession disappeared.
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Chimney Sweep
Chimney Sweeps cleaned out the soot that built up over winters spent burning wood to keep warm.
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Daguerreotypist
Before we had selfies, we had daguerreotypes, the earliest kind of publicly available photograph. These images on polished silver were made by dedicated Daguerreotypists.
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Hemp Dresser
Hemp used to be a major part of the linen industry. The people who separated the coarse parts of it were Hemp Dressers.
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Rat Catcher
Rat Catchers snagged the disease-carrying rodents that once ran rampant in residential neighborhoods.
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Quarryman
A Quarryman would extract stone from the earth that may be used for various construction purposes, like a kitchen counter.
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Knocker-up
How did people get up for work before alarm clocks? They hired a Knocker-up to tap or shoot peas at their windows at an appointed time.
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