Speed Bag has a long history, for bags of different material were made of animal skins and filled with water or various fluids back in ancient times. The modern version of the speed bag, as we know it, originated after the vulcanization of Rubber in the late 1830’s. The first known use of “rubber bladders” in speed bags is noted in the 1870’s. All of this is Chronicled in the amazing Documentary created by ZaZa Cast Productions, THE ART OF THE SPEED BAG: A Speed Bag Story
But here is some other interesting information that we have found. Most of the Books Below are available for online reading or .pdf download.
1895 Bag Punching by Jules Franks
1904 William Duncan – Bag Punching
Sam C. Austin, The Art of Boxing and BAG PUNCHING with Belle Gordon Illustrations.
1904 Belle Gordon, Champion Bag Puncher
She was a leader in fitness and female advocated for woman doing strenuous exercise. She published a book
“Physical Culture for Woman” in 1904.
1913, Scientific Bag Punching by Harry Seekback, world champion bag puncher.
1916, Young Corbett published his book “How to Punch The Bag” a part of the Spalding athletic Library, a major publisher and sports equipment company of the day.
Other historical pictures and new clips
The Vagges Fancy Bagging Husband and Wife, toured vaudeville and beyond for many years.