1910 from Pam

1910 Ford Model R


THE YEAR IS 1910

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

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The year is 1910
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent 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 US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US 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 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent 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.

The Five leading causes of death were:

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!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and

Only 6 percent 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’

( Shocking? DUH! )

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. !

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5 Responses to 1910 from Pam

  1. mssc54 says:

    Well in defense of the under reporting of murders… it was kind of difficult to report the murders unless you were one of he 8 percent who had a phone. But then again I’m betting some jelous person murdered one of the 8 percent just to get his phone and likely his servent and car too! It is also highly likely that some of these murders took place after a weekend of legally smoking pot, shooting up heroin and morphene! A jelous drug fiend is likely to do anything.

    One hundred years later it’s the same old story. Drug adicts killing for your fancy phone and car-jackings. The more things change the more they stay the same. 😉

  2. Ellen says:

    wow! this is indeed shocking. It is scary and great at the same time. So many things went better but so many things went worse also. Nice and very interesting post! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  3. Laura says:

    The one that gets me is the 144 miles of paved road. That’s just amazing.

  4. For a look back at life in the early 20th Century, read the letters home from a New England soldier at Soldier’s Mail.

  5. shanef says:

    I like #3 on the top 5 causes of death! (diarrhea) that’s funny.
    10 m.p.h. wow, no need for airbags!
    I heard they used herion for everything back then, have a cold go shoot up some herion and call me in the morning. LOL–Boy where they wrong on that one.

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