NPR is running a great slideshow of The Jobs Of Yesteryear – Obsolete Occupations, “as computers and automated systems increasingly take the jobs humans once held, entire professions are now extinct.” Sadly, the list didn’t include the tongue-in-cheek profession my father put in his obituary, “draftsman” (rather than being an architectural/civil/environmental engineer).
However, little does NPR know that in high-tech Japan, most large department stores in major cities still have cute-squeaky elevator girls. Often there are TWO girls for the elevator: one who remains outside the elevator and another who operates the carriage. Being squeaky cute is never an “obsolete occupation” in Japan.
Japanese image via Slick Vic’s Flickr
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