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

Note the long “rope swivel”
Elbow Punching is shown

For Some Reason, 1904 was a big year for publications that featured the Speed Bag.

1904 William Duncan – Bag Punching

William Duncan, looking Dapper for the day
Elbow Striking
Vertical and Multiple Bags
Fist Rolling (called “Tatooing” in his day)

Sam C. Austin, The Art of Boxing and BAG PUNCHING with Belle Gordon Illustrations.

Book by Sam C. Austin

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.

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.

Special Reference to Beginners
Outward Elbow Strikes
Tips for Speed Bag Competitions