Finding a position in today’s job market is hard enough as it is, but what if you were unlucky enough to have one of these careers?
#1 Factory worker lector
Lectors hired at factories would read to those who worked all day, providing entertainment.
#2 Pre-radar enemy aircraft detection
If you were in the army before the invention of radar and had good ears, you’d be manning one of these… things. The basic idea was that you’d be able to hear any enemy planes coming before they were already dropping bombs on you.
#3 Bowling alley pin setter
Forget a summer job at a fast food place. In the past, teenagers usually spent their time picking up bowling pins over and over again, while ‘valued customers’ knocked them over. That sounds far more frustrating than working retail.
Knocker-uppers were basically human alarm clocks. They would make sure their clients would wake up. They would rap on doors and windows with truncheons, or even use pea shooters.
#5 Rat catcher
Rats were a problem because they spread disease. In response, communities employed humans to do a cat’s job and catch rats. If you didn’t mind poor pay and the possibility of getting bitten and contracting whatever diseases the rats were carrying, it was an important role to have.
#6 Log driver
Before log transportation via truck was possible, these men would guide logs down the river.
#7 Lamp lighter
Until electric street lamps were introduced, lamp lighters would need to go around lighting or extinguishing street lamps.
#8 Switchboard operator
Before modern technology, switchboard operators were an integral part of telephone networks by connecting calls.
If you can call it a job, resurrectionists entered graveyards under the dark of night and dug up human remains. The cadavers were sold off for vital medical research.
Because of less advanced refrigeration and preservation techniques, cold milk would need to be delivered often.
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