I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Some stats for 1910

on July 4, 2014

I’m not sure where I found this article, but it certainly was a different type of world in 1910 in the United States.   Things have certainly improved in most ways, but I wish coffee was still 15 cents a pound!

  1. The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  2. Fuel for the 1910 Ford Model R car was sold in drug stores only.
  3. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  4. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  5. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  6. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  7. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
  8. The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour and the average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  9. 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.
  10. More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
  11. 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.’
  12. Sugar cost four cents a pound.
  13. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
  14. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  15. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  16. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.
  17. The Five leading causes of death were:  #1 Pneumonia and influenza   #2 Tuberculosis   #3 Diarrhea   #4 Heart disease   #5 Stroke
  18. The American flag had 45 stars.
  19. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30!
  20. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
  21. There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  22. Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  23. 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? DUH! )
  24. Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
  25. There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

Consider what the world is like now and try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.  YIKES!! IT STAGGERS THE MIND!



One response to “Some stats for 1910

  1. Wow, with all that no wonder the life expectancy was only 47!

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