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We're always talking about ways of making money on here, but I thought a little history lesson might put some things into perspective. I'm talking about jobs that existed 20 to 30 years ago, and maybe more. It's interesting to see what people used to do to make a living or extra cash back in the day.
1. Bowling Alley Pinsetter - I think this job went on through the 50's at least. At the beginning someone would manual reset the pins. Then technology advanced enough to where they were behind the machines that reset them. I don't think anyone does this anymore.
2. Human Alarm Clock - Probably one of the oddest of jobs. A person would subscribe to a service where another individual would come by their home and tap on their window to wake them up in the morning.
3. Ice Cutter - I've seen very iconic photos of little boys carrying large blocks of ice with those huge hooks. This was before electric fridges. The ones back in the day had a compartment in the bottom where large chunks of ice were stored to keep the unit cool.
4. Listener for Enemy Aircraft - Very niche to war, of course. But someone had to stay on the lookout for German planes.
5. Rat catcher - I think they still have these around in England, but as far as it being city ordained job, it no longer exists.
6. Lamplighter - Back before electricity, a person would go from lamp to lamp in the street, lighting each one.
7. Log Driver - Probably the most dangerous job of the 20th century. It is what is sounds like. Standing on floating logs in a river and pushing logs apart as they float to the lumber mill downstream.
8. Switchboard Operator - This is such a classic one portrayed in old movies and period pieces. It's hard to believe someone routed calls by plugging wires into a wooden board.
9. Resurrectionist - People used to be scared of being buried alive, so they had folks who'd hang out in the graveyard after a burial. A bell and a string was attached to the coffin. If the bell rang, the resurrectionist would dig them up.
10. Lector who entertained factory workers - This one was odd, I guess before there were iPods, and radios, there was a person who read to factory workers to break up the monotony.