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.
In New Jersey, it was considered a sport to dive horses in Atlantic City. This was later banned from the country.
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.
The IT clown is cute compared to these folks.
WOMEN DELIVERING ICE
In 1914, women weren’t allowed to vote. But, here they are delivering ice…
BATTLE OF GETTYBURG
Here’s a picture of America’s only Civil War and the deadliest battle on American Soil.
THE HEADLESS CHICKEN
Mike, the headless chicken was beheaded by a farmer for breakfast. However, he didn’t die and lived for the next 18 months.
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
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
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.
No hooks, no suspension ropes, not even a darn parachute. This is what labor in the 30s looked like.
A picture of the Wright Brothers making their historic discovery.
Dangerous animal, but hippo rides were really common in the St. Louis Zoo a hundred years ago.
THE GREAT MANTA
Captain Jay Gould of Florida caught this enormous manta ray in ’32.
A reminder to soldiers not to talk and remain discreet.
Liquor Dispenser in the 60s
The OG Coffee maker.
LARGEST PUBLIC HANGING EVER
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
In 1937, an airship crashed in Lakehurst, NJ claiming the lives of 36 people.