Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I have seen this before but it is interesting to reflect.


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

The year is 1911 --- One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:
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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.
Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
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 neither a Mother's Day nor a 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 ...
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !


Roan said...

Things sure have changed in the last 100 years. Some for the better, some not. I've always thought I would like the slower lifestyle of days gone by, but not sure I would like going to visit one of those doctors, although there are some still out there I'm not too sure those physician assistants. Enjoyable reading!

Merle said...

Hi Patty ~~ What a lot of interesting facts about 1911 - only
100 years ago and boy have times changed since then. Enjoyed reading
them.I like the one you sent me about
Prayer. Good true story. Take care
my friend, Love, Merle.

reanaclaire said...

Thinking back the good old days.. life is not so complicated then..

Margaret Cloud said...

This list is a great one and to think I lived a few of them, especially the bathtub, and we had no phone. Thanks for sharing these.