Wall of death!

Posted in Oldschool/Classic Things by jukeboxparables on March 13, 2009

It’s amazing that token-everyday things that went on decades ago are unheard of today, well I suppose fads come and go. Back in the day before Ipods, Mp3 rollerskates, moonpies, internets and television people had to find alternate ways to entertain themselves.

Que the circus! which I’m sure you’re all aware probably featured Animal mistreatment, bearded ladies and strong man contests. I’m of course talking the 1920’s/30’s here. But how many of you have heard of the Wall of death? And no I’m not talking about that insanity that goes down at Metal festivals.

You might have recently seen the ‘sphere of death’ in where two people on motorbikes ride in perfect sync at high speed inside a rather large sphere and its all death-defying and the crowd roars.

But how about something on a larger scale, with a motorbike… and a car driven by a women… with a live lion as her passenger?

I stumbled across this link that has all of that and more. It’s pretty surprising what people got up to back in the good ole’ days before Occupational Health & Safety and Public liability laws. But then again there’s a video of it being performed in Afghanistan of all places, recently.

The first such sideshow was premiered at the Coney Island amusement park In New York, USA back in 1911. Called the motordrome it then due to popularity became a traveling carnival sideshow traveling the country and even reaching Britain in 1929.

The motorbikes of choice? Indians of course! I love the style of the early era Indians circa the 1920’s and 1930’s. More on them sometime soon.


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