Statistics for 1915

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  1. wedgar

    wedgar Administrator Staff Member Gold Member

    Here are some statistics for the Year 1915:

    The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
    Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
    Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
    Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    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."

    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

    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

    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
    At local corner drugstores.

    Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion,
    Gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, 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. !
  2. Michael J Malone

    Michael J Malone Active Member

    I would suggest that the tale is much more interesting.

    Mid 1870's - Butte Montana's 'richest hill' in the world - soon to become the Anaconda copper mine - began large scale operations thanx to the new Railroads. Copper was readily available sort of locally for the entire nation as it became needed - esp. for the TVA projects that gave the US lots of electricity and then lots of fissionable material.
    1893 - The Chicago World's Fair - Westinghouse's and Tesla's intro of alternating current to the world thru the fair - AC and the AC motor from Tesla that led to the use of the Niagara River.
    Buffalo and Niagara being 'electrified' about 10 to 15 years later and the beginning of the sapping of the Niagara River of water through canals into holding lakes that then powered relatively small electricity
    generation stations. ( The Love Canal was one such canal - it was never put into generation service - instead, it became a dumping ground for wastes created by the already being generated electric
    So, by WWII and also by 1958 and the completion of the Moses-Saunders Dam at Messina New York, more US homes had phones than had electric power. Between 1965 and 1970, this flipped and more
    homes had electric power than had phones - in Philadelphia, in 1967, thousands of homes were on waiting lists for in-home phone service while essentially all homes had electric power.
    Many might suggest that homes, today, have too much power and too many telephones or telephone stand-ins. And, all of this, arguably, is the result of kerogen, kerosene and Titusville, PA.

    Mike -WE3L

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