This is interesting. In a previous age perhaps we would have said atomisation and spoke of how technology has atomised us from the tradesman now that we have all these labour-saving devices as a product of the atomic age.

I suppose the telegraph did much the same as did the railways to the coaching business.

There's probably a photo project here in examining the debris of these technological revolutions. The waste of previous ages. Industrial archaeology. Ex-coaching inns, mile stones on post roads, tradesman's entrances (and exits).