17 Vintage Photos from US History That You’ve Never Seen Before

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America used to be quite different only a century ago. There was stuff here that is just so rare these days. But, we’ve compiled a list of 15 images that will really knock your shoes off because you have absolutely no idea that these things even existed in America. So, let’s give you a peek to show what the United States really used to be.

DIVING HORSES

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In New Jersey, it was considered a sport to dive horses in Atlantic City. This was later banned from the country.

FIGHT CLUB

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Women couldn’t really fight in a boxing ring so they invented their own fight clubs on roof tops to fulfill their thirst for blood.

CLOWNS

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The IT clown is cute compared to these folks.

WOMEN DELIVERING ICE

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In 1914, women weren’t allowed to vote. But, here they are delivering ice…

BATTLE OF GETTYBURG

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Here’s a picture of America’s only Civil War and the deadliest battle on American Soil.

THE HEADLESS CHICKEN

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Mike, the headless chicken was beheaded by a farmer for breakfast. However, he didn’t die and lived for the next 18 months.

LIGHT POLE

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It was possible to climb these poles back in the 20th century. This man wanted to, and well he did.

SENDING BABIES VIA US MAIL

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You could even send babies in the mail like a standard letter with a stamp. This practice was banned shortly afterwards.

FILMING THE MGM LION

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These camera guys certainly took a risk to film the historic MGM lion we used to see at the beginning of every Tom and Jerry back in the day.

ZERO SAFETY

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No hooks, no suspension ropes, not even a darn parachute. This is what labor in the 30s looked like.

FIRST FLIGHT

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A picture of the Wright Brothers making their historic discovery.

HIPPO RIDES

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Dangerous animal, but hippo rides were really common in the St. Louis Zoo a hundred years ago.

THE GREAT MANTA

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Captain Jay Gould of Florida caught this enormous manta ray in ’32.

BATHROOM ETIQUETTE

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A reminder to soldiers not to talk and remain discreet.

Liquor Dispenser in the 60s

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The OG Coffee maker.

LARGEST PUBLIC HANGING EVER

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Prisoner Rainey Bethea was on the receiving end of a public hanging that literally attracted thousands. After this, it was decided hangings would take place privately.

THE HINDERBERG DISASTER

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In 1937, an airship crashed in Lakehurst, NJ claiming the lives of 36 people.