Image: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
July 4, 1905: Eunice Padfield and her horse stun spectators with a courageous amateur high dive.
Four thousand sets of eyes are fixed on Sonora Webster Carver. Dressed only in a bathing suit and cap, the young woman is casually waiting atop a platform 40 feet above a shallow-looking tank of water. But Carver is only half the reason why the surrounding crowd holds its collective breath; the other has a mane, answers to the name of Red Lips and is trotting up to the platform towards her. Carver hops nonchalantly onto the horse’s back, before Red Lips spectacularly leaps from the edge.