While soccer players at the highest level were relatively famous back in the early 1900s, they were nowhere near the household names that many watch week in, week out on their TVs at home. Unlike players of today, who are viral on Instagram and have superstar lifestyles, soccer players would play professional football, while also upholding a more conventional profession outside of game hours.
Many players would work in industrial environments, agriculture, medicine, and more. Not to mention the fact that they were much tougher, as the game was a much more physical sport back in the day. These days, football is becoming a non-contact sport.
Back in the early 1900s, a well-engineered pocket watch was the gadget of its time. Just the mere fact that you could check the time wherever you were was an innovation that had never been seen before. Attention to detail, ornate cases, mechanical gears, and manual winding were all classic components of these kinds of watches.
These days though, watches can tell the time and do just about everything else too. We live in a time where smartwatches are the norm. You can make phone calls from your watch, order a pizza, check how many steps you've walked in a day, translate an entire news article, and various other tasks.
It should come as no surprise that soccer gear made 100+ years ago was extremely primitive to what players like Messi and Ronaldo where today. Back in the day, early soccer players were used to wearing heavy leather boots that would cause plenty of blisters and injuries to whoever wore them.
Not to mention the balls that were very hard to kick and were pretty inconsistent when it came to their bounce quality. After generations of trial and error though, both items have been redesigned and experimented, resulting in both boots and balls that are extremely easy to use, optimize performance, and are safer than ever on the feet.
Truth be told, the game of chess has remained pretty much the same since it was first invented. So whoever was playing this board game at the highest level would probably be an even match for the experts of today. But the actual chess sets are very different these days. In the early 1900s, the average set was much less sturdy than today's and not as easy to move around.
Wood, bone, and ivory were typical materials used for older sets, while newer ones may be made out of glass, plastic, marble, and other synthetic materials. Today, chess sets can be designed in a variety of themes, acting as ideal birthday gifts (for those who like to play, that is).
A large contributor to the rise in life expectancy around the world is humans becoming more conscious about their personal hygiene. Of course, a well-designed sponge is a great tool for keeping virtually every part of your body clean. And people were using sponges back in the early 1900s. And while they were just as comfortable on the skin as today's sponges, the material used to make them was usually harvested from the ocean.
These days, synthetic materials such as polyester and cellulose are used instead. What's more, is that they're more resistant to bacteria and a lot more durable. And these days, there's just a lot more variety when it comes to sponges. Many more shapes, sizes, materials, colors, and more.