One hundred years ago

1910 Ford Model R

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

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.’
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. !

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5 responses to “One hundred years ago

  1. wicked

    My dad was born in 1910 in Wichita in a house on south Waco.

  2. freedomwriter

    Business is so slow right now, I think I am only earning 22 cents per hour! How are the rest of you faring during this recession?

  3. I am retired, and my husband is still employed. His retirement plans have been delayed. We are still able to pay our bills, but not without giving up extras that we thought weren’t extra. I’m really glad we did have areas that could be trimmed and places we could cut back. I know too many who had no place to trim and aren’t able to both eat and keep their home.

  4. indypendent

    My husband and I are both in in health care – so our jobs look safe. I only work weekends. I tried to quit 4 1/2 years ago but they asked me to stay on part time because I watch our granddaughter.

    I have now taken in a 3-month old baby to watch during the week. The baby’s mother is a friend. Our grandson is due in a month so after the maternity leave is over – I will be watching him, as well.

    My house will be certainly busy. LOL

    But we count ourselves as the lucky ones. We have a great family, a great house and enough money to cover our bills with a few extras.

    But I know alot of people who are really hurting and something has got to give.

    It really makes me angry to read about how many millions have been spent on just the primary elections. And then I heard that Koch applied to and was accepted to receive money from Obamacare to help them pay for the health care benefits for their retirees.

    WTF? These two brothers can spend millions on their quest to tear down Obama and Obamacare but now they are first in line to sign up for money from that ‘evil government’ to help them provide health care benefits that they promised to their retirees?

    I think there is alot of money in this country but it is in the wrong hands apparently – politicians all spending millions for some job that pay less than $200,000 a year and soem billionaire brothers who know how to milk the government they profess to hate so much.

    Where is the common sense and logic?

  5. wicked

    Part of my income depends on the income of others, so it’s obviously dropped. I don’t know how much, but it wasn’t raking it in before the sh!t hit the fan…whenever that was.

    No, I take that back. All of my income depends on the income of others, but I guess that makes me no different than 99.9% of everyone.

    IOW, it sucks.