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Weird Jobs That Don’t Exist Anymore

A lot of people are fascinated by the past, with shows like Downton Abbey breaking records and setting the stage for a whole new crop of content about the past. One part of the past that is conveniently looked over, though, are the jobs people did. Sure, you have the traditional shop keepers, cooks, or aristocrats (in the case of Downton Abbey), but you don’t talk about the film boxers, lamplighters, or hostlers… all real jobs that no longer exist. 

Whether through technological innovation or the job simply falling out of fashion, we’ve rounded up some of the weirdest jobs – that real humans actually did – that don’t exist anymore.

Livery-Stable Keeper

Before the time of cars, people got around on horseback. Many people owned horses, but not many owned a lot. What if you needed more horses for a short period of time? You could reach out to your local livery-stable keeper. It’s like car rental, but for horses. The keeper would own a large stable of horses that customers could rent for short periods at a time.

When it was most common:

Late 1700s and 1800s.

When and why it died out:

As cars came more into society, people needed to rent horses less and less. This job still exists in small ways, but it’s more for entertainment than robust transportation. 

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