Probably the biggest difference between pharmacies of today and the ones that existed more than 100 years ago was the range of medicine and products that were available. Over the last century, so many more prescribed drugs have been invented to tackle all kinds of ailments and provide various health benefits.
One key difference is that pharmacists from the early 1900s would often prepare medication for customers on-site, according to their prescriptions and needs. These days, most prescriptions are ready to be dispensed, due to better preservation and packaging. Also, regulation wasn’t as strict as it is today, with people having more freedom to buy what they thought they needed.
You might be thinking to yourself, "how could ice be any different from the ice that was produced more than 100 years ago?" But the reality is that ice production, the quality of ice, and the purposes of ice have changed drastically. In the early 1900s, ice would be naturally harvested from natural bodies of water and then preserved in "ice houses" for the rest of the year.
Nowadays, every house has a freezer, meaning that any individual can create their own ice very easily. Also, ice that one can purchase today goes through a much more rigorous purification process than the ice that was produced back in the day.
Ice Cream Vendors
When we think of ice cream vendors, we think of the classic trucks that drive around the neighborhoods, playing some kind of innocent song, attracting kids from every hour to buy a couple of cones. But it wasn't always like that. Originally, ice cream vendors didn't necessarily move on wheels.
They were often still and would remain in one place for a certain period, acting more like a traditional vendor. Also, the variety of ice cream being sold would often be extremely limited, with vendors providing just a couple of flavors. These days though, an ice cream truck could provide any mainstream ice cream stick, as well as multiple flavors of scoops.
If you step into a typical gym today, you can easily have access to apparatus and equipment to assist you in basically any kind of exercise. You want to do weights? There are barbells, dumbells, and every other weight for building muscle and strength. If you want to do some cardio. There's no need to run outside, simply step onto a treadmill or a variety of other machines.
It simply wasn't like that back in the day. At the average gymnasium, equipment was extremely limited and tools for anything other than weightlifting was virtually non-existent. Not to mention the fact that gyms of the past tended to be exclusive. These days, membership is pretty open to anyone.
There is no denying that the "goalposts" of the Miss America pageant have changed since the early 1900s. Originally, this competition focused on the charm and physical appearance of each contestant. These days though, qualities such as talent, education, leadership and more are just as integral to who will win.
It's also worth mentioning that Miss America used to consist of a pantheon of predominantly white contestants. We now live in a time though where the competition is much more diverse, with women from a wide variety of backgrounds taking part and winning. Miss America contestants also use the competition as a platform to promote all kinds of socially important causes.