What in the world did people do before the internet?!?!?!?!

People used to actually have other forms of entertainment than, sitting in front of a television, phone, or computer for hours on end.  Here is a list of interesting things that people used to do BEFORE all this advanced technology that we have now.

-There is a reason baseball was “America’s favorite pastime.”  People would flock to baseball games as a prime form of entertainment.  It allowed the whole family engage in an afternoon of food, fun, and baseball.

Picture curtosy of :http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/11/opinion/greene-baseball-expansion/index.html

 

-theaters, and not the movie kind.  Theaters date back to william shakesperas time.  For a long time it was just the rich that could attend plays.  That has changed drastically over hundred of years.  At the turn of the 20th century theaters, broadway, and plays were the things that dreams were made it.  They made New York, be NEW YORK. 

photo curtosy of: http://www.mapsites.net/gotham01/webpages/alisonhannah/broad1920s.html

-Quintland.  The first known quintuplest to survive were the Dionne Quints. 

The five sisters, Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Marie and Emilie, were born from a single egg in 1934. The public seemed to adore them. But, they were abused both by the world and, they claim, by their father.

As babies, the quints were taken from their parents by the Ontario government and made wards of the state. Although their health was fine, they lived at a hospital that became a tourist mecca called Quintland.

Between 1934 and 1943, about 3 million people visited Quintland, a low, modern building with a garden and a high fence near the village of Corbeil, in Northern Ontario.

The government and nearby businesses made an estimated halfbillion dollars off the tourists. The sisters were the nations biggest tourist attraction bigger than Niagara Falls.

It wasnt human

Born May 28, 1934, to poor, Frenchspeaking, Catholic parents, the Dionne quints were at least two months premature, and together they weighed less than 14 pounds. Each of the babies could be held in an adult palm.

They were put by an open stove to keep warm, and mothers from surrounding villages brought breast milk for them. Against all expectations, they survived their first weeks.

To protect the infants from germs, kidnappers and a father known to have considered exhibiting them for money, they were taken from their family and placed under the governments guardianship. A hospital was built across the road from their familys farmhouse for their exclusive use.

The hospital became Quintland and the sisters home for years after. Their parents, made unwelcome, became irregular visitors.

Film footage of the young quintuplets shows five pretty girls with dark hair and dark eyes and a crush of tourists waiting in line to see them.

It wasnt human, Cecile Dionne told The London Independent in a 1995 interview. It was a circus.

In the early days, nurses would take the quints to a nursery balcony and show them, one at a time, to the crowds below. Later, they were viewed three times a day from a gauzecovered corridor. We saw moving. We heard sounds, said Cecile.

The quints were studied by scientists, who Xrayed them, catalogued episodes of anger and fear, and recorded things such as food intake and incidents of dissent.

Cecile said she learned the word doctor before she learned mother.

After nine years and a bitter custody fight, the girls moved back with their parents and their other siblings. They lived at home until they were 18, after which they broke off almost all contact with their parents. In a later book the sisters claimed their father sexually abused them, though they later disputed the allegations of abuse.

(This information on Quintland came from :http://articles.cnn.com/1997-11-19/us/9711_19_dionne.quints_1_quints-emilie-and-marie-sisters?_s=PM:US)

 

So, there actually were things to do before the internet and television took over our lives 🙂


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