Discussion: Edwardian Era Fun Facts (A Project Downton Post)

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:
  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 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.

Hope you all enjoyed these fun facts….be sure to stop by the Project Downton page for books and articles about Downton Abbey!

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  1. Susan Stokes

     /  February 6, 2012

    Wonderful Facts,..Fun About Your Dad…His New Toy The Computer..Need a Downton Abbey Convention,Imagine…Passing on to my OCD Downton Friends, Thanks..You have Started a Movement!!!!!

    Reply
    • LOL yes, I love my dad but he is so funny….OHHHHHH technology :). He loves the ‘fwd’ button 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, I am totally in love with this show….almost as much as True Blood 🙂

      Reply
  2. Very cool stuff – I love seeing these sorts of things. Thanks!!

    I’ve heard rumors that my dad (mid- to late-70s somewhere) might be joining the Internet soon – his new wife is having it installed out at the ranch in Montana where he’s been hiding since the 1950s 🙂 I am looking forward to that, it’s for sure – I’m sure he’ll find some interesting stuff for me as well (or I hope so anyway)

    Reply
    • Thanks for the lovely comments 🙂

      Yes it’s only taken my dad 1000+ emails to find 1 I might actually enjoy reading or find useful LOL 🙂
      Parents…

      Reply
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