The average life expectancy was 47
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
speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
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
of all doctors had NO
attended so-called medical schools, many of which
in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.
Sugar cost four
cents a pound.
fourteen cents a dozen.
fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only
washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg
yolks for shampoo.
passed a law
that prohibited poor people from
their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death
4. Heart disease
flag had 45 stars.
of Las Vegas ,
puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
no Mother’s Day or Father’s
Two out of
every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.
Only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
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
of households had at least
servant or domestic help.
There were about
230 reported murders in the ENTIRE
because there was a firearm of some sort in almost every home! An armed society
is a POLITE society!!)
This was how “backward” we were in 1909. The only thing we have done to add to quality of life since then is antibiotics and no-shatter windshields.