8 Interesting Facts of 1908 Life when the Cubs Last Won the World Series

So what was life like the last time the Cubs actually won the World Series? Well, a whole lot different than what it is today.

It was 1908 the last time the Chicago Cubs pulled off a win of baseball’s highest honor.

They haven’t won since.

Entire generations of Cubs fans have lived and died without seeing their precious team win the championship.

Dads and grandpas, daughters and grandmothers all across the country are remembered right now and the sons and daughters hold a little piece of Cubs memory inside for their past loved ones at times like this.

For Cubs fans everywhere and even those who have opposed the Cubs, many celebrate the chance that the Cubs World Series losing streak could end in 2016. So what was life like back then?

Well, it was the 37th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise in 1908.

A ball signifying New Year’s Day dropped in New York City’s Times Square for the first time this year.

Women couldn’t smoke in public either. On January 21 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only however for it to be vetoed by the mayor.

A 46th star was added to the United States flag this year also and on May 10 Mother’s Day is observed for the first time, at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Even close to home in Springfield, Illinois 1908 represents a different time. The Springfield race riot took place in 1908. On August 14 and 15, 1908, sparked by the arrest of two African Americans as suspects in violent crimes against whites, a mob seeking to take the men for lynching discovered the sheriff had transferred them out of the city.  The Riots killed black citizens on the street and destroyed businesses and homes.

If 2016 marks the year, all the old jokes about “The last time the Cubs won the World Series…” will finally cease.  It will mark a new timeline in Cubs history. It will mark a new timeline in our own history.

First female president, white police killing black citizens, who knows how they will write the history books but here’s a few other things that make up how life was like back in 1908, the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Sliced Bread Was Two Decades Away From Being Invented

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Prior to 1928, people were buying entire loaves of bread from the bakery and slicing it at home themselves. We didn’t even have sliced bread. How many sliced bread jokes have you heard in your lifetime?

A guy named Otto Rohwedder invented a machine that sliced a loaf of bread and wrapped it, which revolutionized the baking industry and made commercially sold bread a common staple in the American diet.

“Drug Stores” Were Way More Literal

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Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana were all technically legal in 1908, but marijuana just wasn’t as popular or important as heroin or cocaine, both of which were considered medicinal, safe, miraculous, and sold over-the-counter at pharmacies.

Reportedly, heroin was excellent at suppressing coughs, while cocaine was a numbing analgesic. Both of them were pretty good at making your face feel like it was melting off.

People Weren’t Completely Sold On The Whole “Cars” Thing

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1908 was a year that would forever change history, because it marked the introduction of Henry Ford’s Model-T car and the invention of the assembly line. New technology takes a little while to catch on, and one of Ford’s cars cost a whopping $850 (which was more than the median yearly salary, at the time) so we can assume that when the Cubs last won the World Series, many people, if not most, were still using the ol’ horse and buggy route.

Teddy Roosevelt Was The Country’s Idea Of A Republican

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Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most eccentric and interesting presidents in our history. It may not seem that long ago, except when you consider that Mount Rushmore (on which President Roosevelt’s face appears) was still almost two decades away from being started, four decades away from being completed, and a century away from tourists getting freaked out by Shia LaBeouf.

And one of the most beloved children’s toys, the teddy bear, wasn’t popularized until his presidency (hence the name)! There have been 18 other presidents since Theodore Roosevelt left office.

Most surprising: the guy who called U.S. National Parks “America’s best idea” was a republican. See, there was a time when you could be a republican and still advocate for nature without being called a “tree hugger.”

There Were Only 46 States

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You probably expected that Alaska and Hawaii weren’t part of our United States yet, but neither were New Mexico or Arizona. No Arizona? Where did people retire?

Both states joined the union in 1912. Oklahoma had only just joined that year.

Senators Were Elected By State Legislature

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Prior to 1913, U.S. Senators were elected by the state legislatures. So if you were from Tennessee and wanted to be a senator, you’d just have to ask your politician buddy in Nashville to nominate you, and you were good to go.

This system was obviously abused, so in in 1913 they changed it to allow voters to directly elect senators instead. However, women, Native Americans, African Americans, and people under age 21 were still either overtly or covertly prohibited from voting.

People Thought The Eiffel Tower Was Tall

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These days, buildings like the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower), the Empire State Building, Shanghai Tower, and Burj Khalifa laugh in the face of the Eiffel Tower, which stands at a puny 986 feet tall. But the Eiffel Tower held the “tallest building” title for over 40 years — from 1889 to 1930 — when the Chrysler Building was built.

And also, did you know the French intellectuals originally hated the Eiffel Tower?

Now it’s one of the most visited structures on the planet and is the thing most readily associated with France (acting snobby to U.S. tourists is No. 2).

We Still Had Carrier Pigeons

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At one point, carrier/passenger pigeons accounted for almost a quarter of all American birds.

Deforestation and hunting led to the species’ decline in the late 19th century. The last passenger pigeon, kept in captivity, died in 1914.

Other animals that were alive in 1908 that are now extinct?

The California grizzly bear, dozens of species of tigers, marsupials, and wolves, and the black rhinoceros.

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