A hundred years ago — 1915
What a difference a Century makes!
- The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
- Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
- Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub & only 8 percent a telephone.
- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
- The average US wage was 22 cents per hour & the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
- A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000/year, a dentist $2,500/year.
- More than 95% of all births took place at home.
- 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.”
- Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, coffee 15 cents a pound.
- Canada passed a law Prohibiting poor people from entering their country for any reason.
- The leading causes of death in 1915:
— Pneumonia and influenza
— Heart disease
- The American flag had just 45 stars.
- Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea had not been invented yet.
- There were just 230 reported murders in the whole country.
- Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write & only 6 percent had graduated from high school.
- Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.
- 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” !!