10 Defunct Jobs That Made Sense A Long Time Ago. Some Of These Are Super Gross
You might hate your job now, but after you find out more about these jobs from the past, you'll like yours a lot more.Â
Toshers waded through London's sewers in search of items that can be washed and sold.Â
The job of the bang-beggar was to intimidate and chase away transients and undesirables from a particular area.Â
A pug mill is a machine used to mix clay and was used for construction or pottery.
The potteries of Staffordshire hired saggars to hold multiple pieces of pottery while they are being fired.Â
Pimp was a regional English term for firewood. A pimp maker was hired to gather wood into bundles for sale.Â
Pure finders were responsible for find dog feces (which was thought to be pure) and bringing it to tanners who would use it to preserve animal skins.
Since there were no streetlights, when people needed to travel at nighttime, they hired a link-boy to carry a lamp or torch and walk along with them.
Slubber doffers worked in textile mills and had a fairly simple job. They walked around the mills and change the bobbins and fixed broken threads.
Thanks to advances in plumbing technology, there's no longer a need for Night Soil Men. They're jobs were to empty cesspits and privies.
A knocker-up or knocker-upper was hired by a mill or factory to go to the homes of employees and knock on their windows with a pole so they'd wake up in time for their shifts.