A breaker boy was someone who would sort coal and break them into smaller pieces. As the term suggests, these were underaged laborers who were probably not paid a lot. These boys didn’t go into the mines but their working conditions were no less dangerous. They put strain on their backs every day to sort debris from the coal. No doubt they also inhaled fumes that most likely hindered their growth. Thankfully, Child Labor Laws and more mechanized mining contributed to the extinction of this profession.
As mentioned above, the ice delivery man was needed before refrigeration became prevalent. But before this invention took off or became cheaper, where did the delivery men get their ice? That is where the ice cutter comes in. These were men who cut the ice from frozen lakes. Once cut up, they will then transfer their product to the ice delivery men. These ice cutters worked in extreme conditions, as we you can imagine. Most of them were probably happy when more and more people started using the refrigerator for keeping their food safe.
Sounds magical or Gothic, doesn’t it? In reality, there was nothing magical about this job. Also known as body snatchers, these were people who provided medical schools with dead bodies. Sounds like a noble job with the intention of helping a field of science advance but really, what they did was stole corpses from graves. Because of this, some people got smart and decided to bury their dearly departed in tombs. This job altogether vanished when a certain body snatcher decided to kill people for the profit instead of just stealing bodies from graves.