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What America Looked Like The Last Time The Cubs Won The World Series

As if you needed more proof it's been a while.
Group portrait of the Chicago Cubs posing for a photograph at West Side Grounds, Chicago, 1908.
Group portrait of the Chicago Cubs posing for a photograph at West Side Grounds, Chicago, 1908.

The world has changed a lot since 1908, when the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series.

Back then, Orville Wright was trying to fly a plane. Henry Ford had just produced his first Model T automobile. The radio was only a few years old (and podcasts were but a dream).

With the Cubs back in the World Series for the first time since 1945 ― trying to end the longest championship drought in all of the American professional sports ― we decided to pull together some photos to show just how long it has been.

  • The annual horse show on Main Street in Waitsburg, Washington on April 25, 1908.
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    The annual horse show on Main Street in Waitsburg, Washington on April 25, 1908.
  • Walter Davidson, the first president of the Harley Davidson Motor Company, poses with his bike after winning the 1908 Federat
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    Walter Davidson, the first president of the Harley Davidson Motor Company, poses with his bike after winning the 1908 Federation of American Motorcyclists' endurance run.
  • An Italian woman, Anna Schiacchitano, and her children, Paolo (eldest), Mary and Domenico (in Anna's arms), arrive at Ellis I
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    An Italian woman, Anna Schiacchitano, and her children, Paolo (eldest), Mary and Domenico (in Anna's arms), arrive at Ellis Island in May 1908. They are arriving from Sicily to join Anna'€™s husband, Giovanni Gustozzo, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
  • Load of logs being pulled by two horses in winter, circa 1908.
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    Load of logs being pulled by two horses in winter, circa 1908.
  • Messenger boys stand outside a telegraph office in Indianapolis, Indiana, in August 1908.
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    Messenger boys stand outside a telegraph office in Indianapolis, Indiana, in August 1908.
  • A man and woman display their fish catch, circa 1908.
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    A man and woman display their fish catch, circa 1908.
  • Orville Wright demonstrates the Wright bi-plane in Fort Myer, Virginia, in 1908.
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    Orville Wright demonstrates the Wright bi-plane in Fort Myer, Virginia, in 1908.
  • Excavation for Grand Central Terminal in New York City, circa 1908.
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    Excavation for Grand Central Terminal in New York City, circa 1908.
  • American inventor and manufacturer Henry Ford drives an early tractor, which he called an "automobile plow," powered by a 190
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    American inventor and manufacturer Henry Ford drives an early tractor, which he called an "automobile plow," powered by a 1904 Model-B-type engine on one of his farms near Dearborn, Michigan, circa 1908.
  • Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, 1908.
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    Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, 1908.
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