Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

5 March 2010 at 5:42 pm 5 comments

| Peter Klein |

A fascinating pictorial from NPR on jobs made obsolete by technological innovation. Great illustrations of the labor-market side of creative destruction. (Planet Money via Russ Roberts.)

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Business/Economic History.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rafe Champion  |  6 March 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Bring back the lector!

  • 2. Michael E. Marotta  |  6 March 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Here in Ann Arbor, every year at the Book Fair, craft printers sell leather-bound books, classes in paper making and bookbinding, and related goods and services.

    In THE ECONOMY OF CITIES Jane Jacobs pointed out that little (if any) market activity actually disappears, despite Joseph Schumpeter’s claims about destructive creation. Things change. Old ways are incorprated into new or they find new expressions.

    I am 60. Fifty years ago, television was supposed to be the death of movie theaters. Then, it was video rentals that were supposed to be the demise of movie theaters.

    Newspapers may be the dinosaurs of mass media… or maybe they are the birds and alligators… We won’t know until we can look back on the whole history and say “there.”

  • 3. Peter Klein  |  6 March 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Some of these technologies may return as niche players:

    https://organizationsandmarkets.com/2009/09/21/niche-markets-for-obsolete-technologies/

  • 4. Jobs of Yesteryear | Pasívne investovanie  |  9 March 2010 at 2:47 am

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