Interesting little slideshow article, one that makes you think about the transformation we’ve seen in the last century or so: The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations.
Here’s the list — note that each page in the slideshow has an audio interview with someone that used to do the job in question.
- Lector (reads aloud to people while they’re working)
- Elevator Operator
- Copy Boy
- Pinsetter (sets up pins in bowling alley)
- River Driver (logging)
- lamplighter (Manually lights street lamps)
- Switchboard Operator
- Typist In A Typist Pool
- Telegraph Operator
Actually, lectors aren’t such a bad idea, even in modern workplaces.
I wonder what’s going appear on a similar list in even 10 or 15 years?
(via David Rothman on Friendfeed.)