Monday, February 4, 2013

The Good Old Days??

In 1913......

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of 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.' In a small town, a veterinarian might also be the town doctor for humans, as well as the dentist, even though he or she had no such training.
In the past, frequently, the town barber was also the dentist.

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 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'.

The infant mortality rate then was 15%. That means for every 100 births, 15 of those children would not live to the age of 5. 100 years later, the infant mortality rate is .8% (less than one percent).

18 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.

  The next time someone says "those were the good old days," you may want to stop and think about that. Were they?

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