Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Year of my Grandfather


In the year of change think of how much has changed in the last 100 years. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1908

  • The average life expectancy was 47 years.
  • Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8% 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 wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour. (that's about what I make an hour)
  • The average 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% of all births took place at HOME .
  • 90% 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. (Guess we would have never seen Canada)
  • Five leading causes of death were: Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart disease, and Stroke.
  • The American flag had 45 stars.
  • The population of Las Vegas , Nevada, was only 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet. (NO ICE TEA!?)
  • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
  • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
  • Only 6% 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'
    ( gives buoyancy to the mind.....hmmmmm)
  • 18% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. (I think we really should go back to this....I little domestic help would be wonderful!)
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE USA.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Wow, that was really interesting! Makes me really appreciate my life, although I TOTALLY agree with you about domestic help. Right now I just have domestic disturbances.