Museum of Extinct Jobs

Maybe somebody will point to one, but my googling hasn't turned up such a place. If it doesn't exist, it needs to. You could have a few dioramas, like a natural history museum, depicting the proud lift operator, or the chatty switchboard operator. Even more so, there should be demonstrations. There should be a switchboard for the kids to try their hand an operating. Something tells be that it was more complicated than it looks.

I can imagine the wonder on their faces as the docent, (perhaps dressed like Ernestine) explains that in the olden days, you had to rely on a real human being physically connecting the wires each time you wanted to call.

Photo credit: Public domain, Library of Congress #LC-DIG-hec-04117, 1914 Telephone Operator Bank.

Photo credit: Public domain, Library of Congress #LC-DIG-hec-04117, 1914 Telephone Operator Bank.

While I'm tempted to list things like buggy whip manufacturers and blacksmiths, the fact is those still exist, although mostly as hobbyists. I doubt there's a phone company that let's you opt into having a switchboard operator, just for old times sake. I also think it should be the kind of place where grandma or grandpa can share actual jobs they may have had one day, so they need to be relatively recent.

I suspect the museum would be fairly small now, but whoever starts one better leave a lot of room for expansion.