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Old 09-30-2016, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Elendil's Heir View Post
There are still a few of these around, for niche/artisanal markets or at historic sites, but as professions they're largely obsolete:

groom (cared for horses)
cooper (barrelmaker)
teamster (in the original sense - one who drove teams of horses)
muleskinner (ditto, but for mules)
My favorite is switchboard operator. As someone mentioned above, there are still coopers who make barrels the old way, mainly for whisky making. I saw it on (IIRC) Discovery or History Channel when they were talking about making whisky and showed some guys actually making the barrels and how they char them.