Monday, August 9, 2010

~ The Year...1910 ~

1910 Ford Model R

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

1910 ~ One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
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. (Can you even imagine???)
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
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 and 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'.
( Shocking? )
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. (I could handle that!)
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
I have now shared this without typing it myself...with others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

IT STAGGERS THE MIND!!

xoxo
Pat

7 comments:

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We've certainly come a long way baby! Have to say that I'm pretty glad to be living right now.

Melissa Miller said...

Interesting facts for sure. Egg yolks? Ewww....:)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Yes it's shocking that those drugs were being sold over the counter! Heroin was being produced back then by the "Bayer" company and even sold from the Sears and Roebuck catalog... Can you believe it?
I think those companies should be doing something NOW to help those with addictions to those insidious drugs!!! What a joke..."heroin" was called the "Miracle" drug back then, but has now destroyed sooo many families!!

Sorry for the rant... but that's a topic that really gets me riled up!

But I did enjoy reading the other trivia... and I'm with you on having a domestic helper! In fact I think I'm the only person I know, who has never had a housekeeper at least at some point in their life!

Hugs, Sherri:)

katillacshack.com said...

I do love the servant part!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fun post!


Love you Pat!

Michael Lee West said...

I love factoids like this---a great post. Thank you for visiting me on the porch tonight. XX00

nanny said...

How interesting....poor people died from diarrhea.....washed hair once a month ...yewwwww....had help and almost no murders.....very interesting!

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk said...

Thank you for visiting me, and commenting on my post! I pretty much read your whole blog, and there are some delicious recipes for me to try! I don't read much...like I have an annual book...lol...but I really am interested in your choice: "The Hidden Room". It is on my to read list now!!

I love this post about facts from 100 years ago! Wow, just think about it! I sometimes think of myself as a vintage person, maybe born in the wrong era, but I am glad women and "poor people"(shame on Canada)have more rights. I am your newest follower!