My dad who just turned 71 discovered the internet and email about a year ago and since that discovery my email inbox has been overflowing with forwarded jokes, chain letters, and random pics…..on a daily basis.
I usually just skim through and delete most of his emails….until now! My dad FINALLY sent me an email that I found useful 🙂
My dad collects antique cars, in the last few years he has been into hot rods but when I was growing up, he had a fully restored 1911 Model T Ford that he use to show. I loved this car, that is one of the things I loved about the Edwardian era….the cars and mechanical advancements.
So I get this email from my dad all about the Edwardian Era and how much life has changed in the last 100 years…..and since I am all about Downton Abbey right now, I thought this was an interesting fun bit of info to share with my fellow Downton Abbey fans, enjoy!!! 🙂
Statistics for the year 1911
- 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 $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, 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:
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Heart disease
- 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 neither a Mother’s Day nor a 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? )
- 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. !
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.