Vintage Competitive Eating Contests to Turn Your Stomach

We’re not sure if eating contests are a sport, but they certainly are competitive. They’re nothing new, either. Check out these vintage photos from competitive eating contests over the past 100 years.

While the reservoir in Eden park was drained and cleaned in 1915, a great municipal dance and picnic was held in the empty shell.  Crowds watch the watermelon-eating contest.  Cincinnati, Ohio 01/01/1915 Photo by Cincinnati Historical Society/Getty Images

While the reservoir in Eden park was drained and cleaned in 1915, a great municipal dance and picnic was held in the empty shell. Crowds watch the watermelon-eating contest. Cincinnati, Ohio
01/01/1915
Photo by Cincinnati Historical Society/Getty Images

A group of young boys stand on a make-shift stage as they participate in a pie-eating contest, July 4, 1919. A man, likely the contest judge, sits in front of the table from which the boys eat. (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)

A group of young boys stand on a make-shift stage as they participate in a pie-eating contest, July 4, 1919. A man, likely the contest judge, sits in front of the table from which the boys eat. (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)

Original caption: Here are Lois and Ruth Waddell of the follies, who at a single sitting devoured 204 oysters betweenthem - equally divided of course. The girls were judged the winners in the great oyster eating contest held amng the members of the follies company. BPA2 #839 --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Original caption: Here are Lois and Ruth Waddell of the follies, who at a single sitting devoured 204 oysters betweenthem – equally divided of course. The girls were judged the winners in the great oyster eating contest held amng the members of the follies company. BPA2 #839 — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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