18. Surf’s up in the Roaring Twenties
Surfing wasn’t always as glamorous as it is now. Evidently, back in the early 1920s, square wooden boards and bathing suits made from wool – probably to act as protection from splinters – were all the rage. You would think as much, judging by this picture taken in 1922. And these adventurous surfers are shot on a beach not in California but the seaside town of Perranporth in Cornwall, England.
17. Boy pictures the future
While we struggle to turn our heads these days without encountering a screen of some sort, back in the late 1940s, television sets were only just beginning to find their way into people’s homes. It is little wonder then that this young boy is so transfixed by seeing a TV in a shop window in 1948. We can’t make out which Kardashian is on screen and reflected on the inside of the shop’s window, however.
16. James Naismith gives birth to basketball
It is not often that a sport can be attributed to one person. The collective roots of soccer, for instance, can be traced all the way back to ancient civilizations. But the credit for the birth of basketball can certainly be claimed by one individual. In 1891, a then 30-year-old James Naismith literally wrote the rulebook for the sport, before going on to found a basketball program at the University of Kansas. Here he is teaching his wife the rudiments of his game in 1928.