My oh my how we’ve changed. I have a friend of mine the posted the following on Facebook. I’m not one that believes in reposting a lot. I don’t reblog others blogs (probably because I’ve got too many thoughts of my own), and I don’t “share” a bunch of crap on Facebook. But this is “end of the year” stuff that I thought would be fun. With that in mind…let’s go back 100 years and see how we compare to 1915, shall we?
The average life expectancy for men was 47.
You could only buy fuel for cars at the drug store.
Only 14% of homes in the US had a bathtub.
Only 8% of homes in the US had a telephone.
The maximum speed limit in most US cities was 10 mph.
The tallest building in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average income was between $200 and $400 per year (some people make that per hour now!)
A competent accountant could earn $2,000 yearly
The average dentist made $2,500 a year
A veterinarian averaged between $1,500 and $4,000 a year.
95% of all births occurred at home.
90% of all doctors had no formal education and didn’t attend college. They went to something called a “medical school” which the media and the government panned as being “sub-standard”.
Sugar cost 4 cents a pound
Eggs were 14 cents a dozen
Coffee cost 15 cents a pound
Most women washed their hair once per month using Borax or egg yolks as shampoo.
Canada passed a law forbidding anyone that was poor from entering their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were: Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart attack, and Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet. Neither had TV or radio.
There was no such thing as “Mothers’ Day” or “Fathers’ Day”.
20% of the country were illiterate.
Only 6% of all Americans graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were sold over the counter at any drug store.
18% of all households in the US had at least one full-time servant.
In 1915, there were 230 murders in the US. That’s less than half of the murders the city of Chicago alone has had so far this year (they’ve had 479).
Makes you kind of wonder what life will be like in 2115, doesn’t it?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!