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

Of paved

The maximum
speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest
structure in the world was the
Eiffel  Tower!

The average
wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

The average
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

Ninety percent
of all doctors had

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.

passed a law
that prohibited poor people from

Entering into
their country for any reason.

Five 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 ,
only 30!!!!

puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea

Hadn’t been
invented yet.

There was
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

( 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

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.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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2 Responses to 1909

  1. bullright says:

    Some reall good statistics there. Canada had laws to keep people out. A simpler time.

  2. drrik says:

    You mean law to keep people out likewe do now?

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