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Old 09-29-2016, 10:41 AM
Malthus Malthus is offline
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You may find this index helpful:

http://www.census1891.com/occupations-s.php

It lists a "rag cutter" (cuts up rags for papermaking), but no "rag smasher".

My favorite (defunct) job title: "Slubber Doffer". Someone who removes bobbins from spindles in a mill.

Many "defunct" jobs still exist as artisanal curiosities (hell, there are folks out there making medieval swords for sale), but I'm guessing that this sort of industrial-type occupation is indeed "defunct".