10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Change is inevitable. Our world is changing every second. And when we talk about a century ago, a lot has changed. We’ve eradicated polio from Earth, accepted LGBT people into mainstream society, sent Cassini to Saturn, and even discovered seven new Earth-like planets. Even our views have undergone a great change, and some things that were considered scandalous earlier are now part of our daily lives. Here are 10 things that were frivolous 100 years ago, but are classy now.

1 lobster

Lobsters, now offered as a delicacy, were found in such abundance that they were used as fertilizer and bait for fish, and were eaten only by the poor.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

When it comes to food, lobsters now occupy one of the best places. It holds the pride of place as a delicacy, and people usually reserve lobster dinners for special occasions. But expensive and delicious lobsters didn’t always have such a luxurious reputation. Indeed, in the early days, they were so abundant that the inhabitants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony used to find them on the beach in heaps a foot or two high. In those days, lobsters were popularly known as “sea roach”.

Prior to the mid-nineteenth century, lobsters were thought to be the proper food only for the poor. It was common to feed lobsters to prisoners, slaves, and apprentices as a way to save money. Lobsters’ reputation changed after the advent of canned food and rail transport in the 19th century. It became a low-cal canned food, and while baked beans cost 53 cents a pound, canned lobster was available at 11 cents a pound.

But lobster soon began to become popular among early tourists in New England, and restaurants began serving it as a meal. Instead of being a nuisance, lobsters became a commodity, and by the time World War II began they were considered a delicacy.

2 tattoos

Once a symbol of prisoner humiliation and taboo, the tattoo is now a rage among all generations. Some of the best tattoo artists now enjoy celebrity status.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Tattoos have been a part of human culture for a very long time. People in Africa used it to decorate their bodies and faces as a symbol of beauty or masculinity. Even the mummified remains of prehistoric man Ötzi, who died more than 5,300 years ago, had about 57 tattoos on his body. But in some part of the world, it was considered taboo. They were seen as a humiliation for prisoners who had committed serious crimes and were seen as a symbol of shame for concentration camp victims.

In the West, tattoos slowly became part of the biker and hippie culture of the 1960s. As the world progressed into the 20th century, taboos began to loosen, and younger generations began to ink themselves. One of the major factors that introduced tattoos into mainstream culture was the popular TV show, “Miami Ink”. Not only did the tattoo popularize, but it also made people realize how beautiful and impressive this art is. In 2008. A report by the Pew Research Center showed that about 36 percent of Americans in the 18-25 age group have at least one tattoo. People are now looking to celebrities like Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, and others for tattoo inspiration.

3 jeans

Invented as work trousers for miners, jeans were a tough, affordable fabric for laborers and factory workers before becoming mainstream fashion wear.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

The inventor of jeans, Levi Strauss, was a traveling salesman who immigrated from Bavaria to North America in the 1850s. At that time he had brought with him some canvases and some goods which he intended to sell. At the time, miners were looking for tough, durable work pants. With the help of a tailor, Strauss put on work pants made of canvas. These became very popular with miners and laborers because they were not easy to tear. In the 1860s he began dyeing the fabric indigo and called it “blue jeans”.

Until the 1960s, jeans remained a staple of working-class clothing. In the early 1960s, jeans were starred in films such as Rebel Without a Cause and Blue Denim. The rebellious image of the person wearing jeans gained popularity, and rebellious youth began including them in their wardrobe. This was the first step in wearing jeans in casual wear. By the 1980s, it became a fashion staple for people of all ages, and people started wearing it as a casual daily wear. Since then, jeans have continued to climb the social ladder and have never looked back.

4 fries

When the Spanish conquistadors introduced the potato to Spain, Italy and other European countries, it was only considered fit for animal consumption. But potatoes are now considered a staple food all over the world.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

One of the most important and widely consumed tubers in the Inca Empire was the potato. When the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire in the 16th century, they brought the tuber back to Spain. But the vegetable was not well received, and Spanish farmers only began to grow it on a small scale as food for livestock. The potato slowly spread to other European countries. But they were looking at them with disgust and suspicion. Some even claimed it was poisonous and believed potatoes caused leprosy and other diseases. Even the poor and hungry peasants were afraid to eat them.

In France, potatoes were considered illegal to grow and consume until medical officer Antoine Auguste Parmentier wrote a treatise on the benefits of potatoes as a food source. In 1772, the French law that made potatoes illegal was repealed, and it grew in popularity over the next twenty years. Potatoes became a staple in meat-loving England during the food shortages following the Revolutionary Wars. The humble tuber quickly escalated in popularity, and fish and chips became a staple in England.

5 Sun Tans

Before the industrial revolution, dull white skin was very popular because it indicated a noble life of leisure, and dark skin was associated with the working class. Later, in the twentieth century, tanned skin became a chic aesthetic sign.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Pale skin has been considered a sign of beauty all over the world since early times. It was a mark of excellence in Europe. In Japan and China, women used to apply a white powder or mask to achieve the pale look. In French society, white skin was so highly valued that sometimes lead and other toxic substances were mixed into the powder and cream to achieve the look. Pale skin was a fashion statement in the Victorian era, too, and women who turned pale white while suffering from tuberculosis were absolutely beautiful.

The fad for pale skin waned in the 20th century when leading designer and fashion icon Coco Chanel returned from vacation. She was very tanned, and tanned skin became synonymous with a relaxing and fun vacation. By the 1960s, a tan had become popular because it indicated that a person had enough money for a tropical vacation. Recently, the allure of tanning has begun to fade again as it has become known that ninety percent of skin cancers are related to sun exposure.

6 chicken wings

Prior to the invention of “buffalo” chicken wings in 1964, wings were considered one of the least desirable cuts of chicken and were usually thrown away.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Buffalo chicken wings were invented by Anchor Bar owner Teresa Bellissimo. There are many stories about the event that led to the invention of this recipe, but it nonetheless created one of Americans’ most favorite foods.

Before the invention of buffalo chicken wings, chicken wings were considered one of the most undesirable parts of a chicken. It was cooked in stock or simply thrown away. But now, chicken wings are in such high demand that they have become one of the most expensive cuts of chicken.

7 Quinoa

Because of the multiple health benefits of quinoa, it is now known as a super grain, but at one time it was disdained as the “food of the Indians.”

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Quinoa cultivation began around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago by the Andean people. It was not known to the rest of the world but was a staple food in Andean culture. The Incas also held quinoa in high esteem, considered it sacred, and referred to it as the “mother of all grains.” Later, when the Spanish conquistadors came to South America, they despised it and even suppressed its cultivation.

Quinoa’s popularity increased in the late 20th century. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FOA), global quinoa production doubled at the end of the 20th century. Quinoa is now considered a super grain due to its nutritional value. The United Nations FOA has declared 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.”

8 Torn clothes

Torn jeans and wretched clothes are now high fashion, but earlier, torn clothes belonged to the domain of the poor who could not afford to buy new clothes.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

Fashion has changed a lot over time, but the types of dresses have always been considered a measure of class. While the rich and aristocrats loved to cover themselves in expensive clothes, cheap and light clothes were reserved for the poor. A person who wore torn or patched clothes was considered poor because he could not afford new clothes.

But then came the 21st century, and suddenly tattered, tattered, and distressed clothing became fashionable. Now, garments are being patched and designers are narrowing garments upon request to make them more elegant. Random wear and tear in jeans and holes in shirts are now the choice of celebrities and other cool people in the fashion world.

9 sushi

Sushi was created as a way to preserve fish as the rice is discarded and the fish eaten. It later evolved as food for a fine dining experience.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

The first mention of sushi is found in the second century AD in China. In those times, fish would be put into rice which would be fermented and the fish would be kept edible for some time. When it was time to eat the fish, the rice was discarded and the fish was rinsed and then eaten. Since it was cheaper than buying fresh fish every day, it quickly became popular.

By the seventh century, sushi had become popular in Japan. In the early 17th century, the Japanese began adding preservatives such as sake or vinegar to rice and ate it with fish. Soon sushi became a complete dish in itself rather than a method for preserving fish. Later in the early nineteenth century, sushi underwent a major change. Instead of the rice being rolled over the fish, the fish was placed on top of the seasoned rice. This style of sushi is now called nigiri sushi. Later, sushi became popular all over the world and developed into a luxurious dinner dish.

10 Acting

Prior to the 19th century, acting was seen as a humiliating profession, and actors faced social humiliation and hostility to varying degrees. But now it has developed into a highly coveted job, and actors and actresses enjoy celebrity status in society.

10 Things That Were Tragic 100 Years Ago, But Are Classic Now

The first recorded representation in history occurred in 534 BC and was performed by a Greek artist. Since the 5th century, nomadic bands have traveled and played wherever they could find an audience. Since the early Middle Ages, actors have not been seen as people of high status, but rather denounced by the Church. They were considered immoral, dangerous and pagan. In those times, actors were forbidden even to bury Christians. But by the late Middle Ages, professional actors began to appear in England and Europe. In Elizabethan times, leading aristocrats had a company of players who used to perform seasonally at various locations.

Actors’ negative reputations took a turn in the nineteenth century. Acting became a popular profession, and the art and actors gained honor in society. By the early 20th century, acting had become one of the most sought after jobs because of the money and fame that came with it.


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