Beth recently had a post where she wrote:
rich man, poor man
(And tax accountant, investment advisor, etc., etc.)
Dealt with them all last Friday.”
That describes a busy day, but it got me thinking about forgotten professions or professions that have evolved into something else.
Let’s review these forgotten professions or titles:
A Tinker is someone who mends pots and metal objects.
A Haberdasher is someone who deals in clothing for men.
A Cobbler is someone who repairs shoes.
A Cooper is someone who makes or repairs casks and barrels.
A Liveryman is someone who cares for a stable of horses.
A Black Smith did iron work, wagon building, wagon wheel making and horseshoeing. Now a farrier does horse shoeing, and black smiths work mostly in iron and forge work.
A Teamster was someone who drove teams of horses or oxen to transport goods or people. Now they are what we call truck drivers but their union name continues with the historic affiliation.
A Thatcher is someone who roofs structures with bundles of grasses.
Does anyone have any others they’d care to share?