Ada’s Diet: One Day in January 1879

From December 16, 1878 to January 14, 1879, Englishwoman Madame Ada Anderson walked 2,700 quarter miles in 2,700 quarter hours at Mozart Garden in Brooklyn, NY. As news spread of her extraordinary endurance walk, her fame as a pedestrienne grew.

For those who weren’t able to attend the 28-day walk by the performer-turned-athlete, the newspapers of the day reported her progress down to the smallest detail. One New York newspaper even reported what Madame Anderson ate over a 24-hour period as she made her long walk.

Watch this video to see what her 19th century athlete’s diet included:

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