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9 professions that should be extinct but aren't

By: Sidney Stevens on April 13, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
medieval blacksmith

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Fresh take on old-school jobs

Many career paths have waxed and waned over the years due to technological advances or sweeping cultural changes. And more than a few have bitten the dust. Among the notable losers are town criers, leech collectors and gandy dancers.

Then there are those professions that continue to hang on by a thread. There's no absolute need for them, but like anything of historical value, they're kept alive by a few die-hard devotees who simply love the craft too much to let it go off to that big career fair in the sky. Despite the mechanization and hyper-globalization of the 21st century, these heritage professions remain.