On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

What a difference a century makes!

The Year was 1910 …

The average life expectancy for US men was 48, women 58.

Fuel for the family’s Ford was sold only in drug stores.

Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.

Only 8% of homes had a telephone.

There were just 8,000 cars traveling on a mere 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 at 986 ft.

The average US wage was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 a year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 a year, a dentist $2,500, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000.

More than 95% of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of physicians 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 4 cents a pound, eggs 14 cents a dozen, coffee 15 cents a pound.

Most women 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 leading causes of death:
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.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write, and only 6% of 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. — but almost everyone had a gun!

(This was sent to me by a prolific email sharer. Hope you enjoy.)


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