These days we take it for granted – the street lights automatically light up. Even if there are no sensors, one switch can lit the entire street up. Before technology, street lights were nothing like they are today. Street lights were actually gas lit lamps. You guessed it; they needed manual lit-up.
Lamplighters used long sticks to light and extinguish street lamps. They had to do it one by one and there were many on each street. Lamplighters were also responsible for refueling the lamp posts. This job was often taken up by young boys who’d sell newspaper in the morning and in the same street light-up the entire street in the evening.