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Just thinking about the jobs that have gone away since I’ve been around...
like the milkman...oh yeah the TV repair guy...kids, heck, adults pumping gas...the video store...the muffler shop gets by on brakes since stainless...
Probably a few more...
 

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Not that it was a job but more of a side project, but I used to run a dial-up bulletin board. Had a few lines with some nice US Robotics modems.
 

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The guy in the record store...he’s vintage vinyl now lol but the new record/cd shop
 

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an encyclopedia salesman.
The Fuller Brush salesman. We actually had one who'd visit our 'hood in 70-72. He was a retired teacher and I never could figure out if he was doing it to earn a living or if he was bored with retirement. Oh, and he wore a suit, not just slacks and a blazer but a real suit.

Which leads me to this; when's the last time you saw a man wearing a Fedora?
 

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Just thinking about the jobs that have gone away since I’ve been around...
Not so much a job but PhotoMat. The little booth that was in the middle of the parking lot where you'd drop your film off when you went to the shopping center. There was a person working in that tiny booth so I guess that's a job that's gone.

There are still places that have a milk man....though I've not seen one here in the US. When I lived in the UK, we had one. It was so cool. My girl and I house sat for her boss. Every morning or every other there were 2 quarts of fresh milk in sealed glass bottles delivered to the door step.

In Germany, there are home deliveries of beer, soda and bottled water. That was going on all the time I lived there and since I've gone back...though I haven't been back in a decade.

In Oregon you still see people employed to pump your gas. Legally, you cannot do so yourself.

Recently, as in during the WCM we saw a video rental place that was still open in one of the towns we passed on the 2nd days ride.

Which leads me to this; when's the last time you saw a man wearing a Fedora?
To some this would seem completely off the wall, but I saw an older gentleman wearing one not all that long ago. Maybe a week or two.

Then again, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area is an eclectic place. I've seen younger guys wearing hats that I hadn't seen in use since the 70s.
 

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Not so much a job but PhotoMat. The little booth that was in the middle of the parking lot where you'd drop your film off when you went to the shopping center. There was a person working in that tiny booth so I guess that's a job that's gone.

There are still places that have a milk man....though I've not seen one here in the US. When I lived in the UK, we had one. It was so cool. My girl and I house sat for her boss. Every morning or every other there were 2 quarts of fresh milk in sealed glass bottles delivered to the door step.

In Germany, there are home deliveries of beer, soda and bottled water. That was going on all the time I lived there and since I've gone back...though I haven't been back in a decade.

In Oregon you still see people employed to pump your gas. Legally, you cannot do so yourself.

Recently, as in during the WCM we saw a video rental place that was still open in one of the towns we passed on the 2nd days ride.


To some this would seem completely off the wall, but I saw an older gentleman wearing one not all that long ago. Maybe a week or two.

Then again, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area is an eclectic place. I've seen younger guys wearing hats that I hadn't seen in use since the 70s.
Uber Eats is bringing the milkman back... just delivers a whole lot more than milk now.

Also Prime delivery.

This until the drones start dropping things off...
 

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Video rental stores. If people rent DVDs at all, it is from vending machines.
 

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I cant think of anything that hasn't been mentioned yet and in Oregon I see adults (not so many "kids") pumping people's gas regularly as it is illegal to pump your own, unless you drive a diesel (combustible liquid) or ride a motorcycle. It's great rolling into a station swipe the card and fuel the truck or the bike and bail before the person next to me even gets help by the attendant lol.
 

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I thought I read somewhere that it is only in the cities of Oregon that you can't pump your own gas, in the rural areas it is still a custom but not a law. NJ used to be like that last time I was there, every station had a guy.
 

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There's been a resurgence of typewriters, but disappearing is a typewriter repair folk.

Another disappearing job in the US is sewing machine specialists. I work with one occasionally. He told me that as the textile mills moved overseas for production, the sewing machine repair and service jobs dried up. A lot of people moved on, but those stuck around are really busy now because while industry is much smaller, the number of the specialists are even smaller.

Another one is - I know this is such a niche - flatware specialists. What's that, you may ask. My friend is a master silversmith/designer. Just about 10 years ago, he was one of the top flatware designers in the world, said to be one of the top 6 (which, he told me, was a bit misleading, because there were only about 6 people then who were specifically specialized in flatware design). Anyway, recently the design work had pretty much dried up as designs become more derivative, and even far less was prototyping work (hand-made prototyping has pretty much disappeared, but it still was a thing till several years ago). But instead, what he got lately was revision work - to repair/refine in-house designs, or worse, fix a prototype to fit the design goal. He said fuck it, I ain't doing that shite, so he now works T.....y. Recent Superbowl trophies? Or NBA trophies? He has hands in it.
 

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Yeah but there have been all kinds of new jobs added, so it nets all out...
  • Social Media Manager
  • Chief Listening Officer
  • Blogger
  • Influencer
  • YouTuber
  • App Developer
  • Pet Psychologist
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Not so much a job but PhotoMat. The little booth that was in the middle of the parking lot where you'd drop your film off when you went to the shopping center. There was a person working in that tiny booth so I guess that's a job that's gone.
And time someone mentions Fotomat I think of...
Mike Damone:
I can see it all now, this is gonna be just like last summer. You fell in love with that girl at the Fotomat, you bought forty dollars worth of fuckin' film, and you never even talked to her. You don't even own a camera.

 

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Toll booth attendants.

Years ago, there was this toll booth attendant at Exit 12 of the Mass Pike. She moved so slow she made a sloth look like a jaguar.


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Geez am I getting old. I remember visiting my grandparents in Providence Rhode Island back in the 50s, and they still had the iceman delivering ice for the ice box, and a produce truck coming down the street every day where you bought produce off the back of the truck.And the guy with a cart who used to come by and sharpen knives.


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Toll booth attendants.

Years ago, there was this toll booth attendant at Exit 12 of the Mass Pike. She moved so slow she made a sloth look like a jaguar.


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When I was visiting India about five years ago, there was a guy inside the booth and a couple guys hanging outside the booth who would take the cash and hand it to the guy inside the booth. I guess that's what you do when you have a billion people looking for jobs...
 
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