Friday, September 17, 2010

The year is 1910

One hundred years ago.
1910 Ford Model 'R'
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

What a difference a century makes!

I love history; love reading how it used to be. Here are some interesting tidbits I thought some of you might enjoy today:

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

  • The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

  • The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

  • Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'

  • Sugar cost four cents a pound.

  • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

  • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

  • The Five leading causes of death were:
Pneumonia and influenza
Heart disease

The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada ,
was only 30!

  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

  • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

  • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

  • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

  • Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

  • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

What will the next one hundred years bring?

Something to think about, huh?


1 comment:

Amy DeTrempe said...

Wow, things sure have changed, especially what we buy, or no longer buy, at a drug store.

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