Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Year is 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.

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..

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. !

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.



Sandy said...

YES that it does! I love reading books about back then but could never imagine living it myself Im sure in 100 years though things will be soo much better then they are now.

Anonymous said...

im reading a book right now thats based in the 1900's

Jane said...

Can't really imagine what life was life back then or what it will be a 100 years from now.

LuAnn said...

Our little city celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. We had great fun and I was able to do a series of articles for the local newspaper about life here 100 years ago. It's amazing what was and wasn't available for people then.

Tory Richards said... 100 years Sandy we'll have a whole new list!

Tory Richards said...

I would have loved to live in an earlier time, Renina. Is it a romance novel you're reading?

Tory Richards said...

Some day someone will be saying that about the time we live in now, Jane. Most likely the folks 100 years from now:)

Tory Richards said...

With all our modern gadgets we're a spoiled society LuAnn. I bet 100 years ago they thought they were spoiled, too, what with their fancy butter churns and wash boards:)

Nancy Bristow said...

I find the comments fascinating but would never have wanted to live back then (I read historicals as well as all the other genres;) from today's viewpoint but maybe it wouldn't have felt as bad as I imagine because like someone pointed out, how we live today COULD look primitive to someone living a 100 years from now. I'll never know. All I can compare is what was then and what is now.

Tory Richards said...

So true my friend!