any people have had many jobs throughout history. Some of those jobs are still with us, some of them are not. This article will take a look at some of the most popular jobs throughout history that are no longer with us. Here are the jobs that no longer exist.
1. Town Crier
Today, we live in a world of social media and smart phones. For years we have lived in a world with television. But about before smart phones? Before TV? How did people find out what was going on? It's easy, they had Town Criers. While Town Criers today are somehwhat of a gimmick and mainly ceremonial announcers, in the past they were an essential and trustworthy source of information. From royal proclamations to local news, for centuries, townspeople would hear them proclaimed by a crier or bellmen.
It was the Town Crier's job to ring a bell or bang on a drum to get peoples attention. They would start their announcment with “Oyez, oyez, oyez!” and then proceed to deliever the announcment. They would also announce the time of day it was and what the weather was like. To be a Town Crier you had to have a good voice, a good pair of legs and that was all there was to it!
So, why did Town Criers disappear from our streets? Well, I guess we just have to take a look around. Nowadays we have access to TV, Radio, Smartphone and Newspapers. All these things together pretty much killed off the role of a Town Crier.
While some countries still have milkmen, the job itself is pretty much gone. Milkmen were prolific up until the 1960's. They would drive around delivering milk, the reason why this job disappeared is thanks to modern refrigeration and the choice of getting milk in your local convenience store.
3. Lift Attendant
Don't you just hate it when you walk into a lift and find out that you have to press the buttons yourself! It wasn't always this way. Lift Attendant was a real job and their role is pretty much obvious, it was their job to move the lift up and down and look fancy while doing it. They would open and close doors for you and would ask you what floor you wanted, and whoosh you were away. By the 1970s, many of the country’s attended elevators had been replaced, leaving thousands out of work.
4. Switchboard Operator
Calling someone in the 1960s was not easy. Where as today we can call anyone, anywhere without speaking to someone else first, that was not always the case. Switchboard Operators would connect long distance calls or on a smaller scale between households and businesses. In these days, calls were not digitally managed and relied on operators to connect calls by swapping different wires.
5. Knocker Upper
This one is not what you think it is. Trust me. A knocker upper was your very own human alarm clock. You would tell them what time you would like to be woken up and they would come to your house with a long stick and bang on your windows until you woke up. While that sounds very annoying, alarm clocks aren't too much different. This profession was very popular within working class cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The reason this job disappeared is an obvious one; alarm clocks.
A bard was a musician, poet and storyteller that was employed by a monarch or noble to literally sing their praises. They would often follow their employer around telling musical stories of their accomplishments. I am unsure as to why this job disappeared but I'm guessing it's because it just got really old and really boring and when times changed, so did the people. Either people no longer wanted to be bards or people no longer wanted bards. Either way, the job is gone.
And that was six jobs that no longer exist! I hope you enjoyed reading about them and I will see you in the next history blog!