Jobs that totally extinct

Today we have plenty of jobs that were impossible to imagine 20 or 30 years ago. But there are some jobs that have totally extinct.

Human Alarm Clock

vintage photo of a job extinct
Perhaps this option of someone that can make you get up on Monday mornings is still in a need. Modern alarm-clocks are too easy to turn off.


Bowling Alley Pinsetters

vintage photo of bowling
This photo of Bowling Pinsetter Boys was made in 1909 in New Jersey. Boys worked until midnight and later.

First indoor bowling alley was established in 1840 in New York. It became very popular and spread across the whole country during the 19th century. A mechanical pinsetter was invented in the mid thirties and by fifties job of a human pinsetters extincted.



vintage photo of a lamplighter
It`s hard to imagine such a profession today, but before electric lamps implementation, every day a lamplighter in the evening had to go to each street lamp to light it and to refuel if needed. And at sunrise, the light had to be extinguished.


Switchboard Operator

It seems quite an easy job, but it was a serious profession with specialized schools where students were told about the meaning of many different light signals and many conversational phrases to keep customers company while they were waiting for the call. Just imagine not hearing this endless music while waiting but chatting with a live person about life.



Of coarse you can order delivery from nearest store, but it hard to disagree, it`s not the same as milkman that through years was a part of everyday life. Milkmen had to deliver daily because before adequate refrigeration and preservation techniques milk would spoil very fast.


Ice cutters and ice deliverers

1918. This is not a typical photo of an ice-delivery. But during the First World War many American men were sent to the battlefield and women had to perform jobs previously done by men.

Before the advent of modern refrigerators, ice cutters would cut blocks of ice for people to use them in ice boxes, in cellars. The job was done in dangerous conditions, people had to cut big blocks of ice in areas with very severe cold weather. Many times those block of big ice were packed and sent to area that had no severe cold weather, such as Florida.