On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

A hundred years ago — 1915

What a difference a Century makes!

  1. The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  2. Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
  3. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub & only 8 percent a telephone.
  4. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  5. The average US wage was 22 cents per hour & the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  6. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000/year, a dentist $2,500/year.
  7. More than 95% of all births took place at home.
  8. Ninety percent of 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.”
  9. Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, coffee 15 cents a pound.
  10. Canada passed a law Prohibiting poor people from entering their country for any reason.
  11. The leading causes of death in 1915:
    — Pneumonia and influenza
    — Tuberculosis
    — Diarrhea
    — Heart disease
    — Stroke
  12. The American flag had just 45 stars.
  13. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea had not been invented yet.
  14. There were just 230 reported murders in the whole country.
  15. Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write & only 6 percent had graduated from high school.
  16. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.
  17. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy
    to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
    of health” !!
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