The year is 1909.......... One hundred years on....................

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THE YEAR 1909

One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

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The average life expectancy 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 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 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.


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 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. (Good news for Junkies living in the past I guess!)

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'


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.!

Plus one more sad thought; 95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909


Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years..............

(If we havent blown ourselves up / not found alternative fuel sources etc)




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you must of been about 8 then yeah?


























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All this is really interesting:)

Not too sure about all the USA specific details:whistling:

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
Easier to cover up the deed back then :w00t:

55.55555 cars to every mile. Changed a bit

black gerbil1;7175526

you must of been about 8 then yeah?



Huh that's funny because it would still make him well over 105 years older then you?

Seems like 100 years later, people will probably all be millionaires, unless a perpetual energy/replicator machine is ever invented. Or if the world ends in 2012, or in the 2030's *shrugs*

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rodent;7175526

you must of been about 8 then yeah?



Strong F5 in this one...........

Adam2050;7175570

Huh that's funny because it would still make him well over 105 years … Huh that's funny because it would still make him well over 105 years older then you?



I laughed out very very loud. (Seriously)

The biggest shock to me there was that we used to use $ and cents in 1909....

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stufai;7175702

The biggest shock to me there was that we used to use $ and cents in … The biggest shock to me there was that we used to use $ and cents in 1909....



I dunno...... Dont they teach you kids anything these days?:p

cool stats, imagine what they will say in 100 years time!!.

esp about the murder rates, if we keep on going as we are today we will be lucky if there is anyone left in 100 years.

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torresbounce;7175779

cool stats, imagine what they will say in 100 years time!!. esp about the … cool stats, imagine what they will say in 100 years time!!. esp about the murder rates, if we keep on going as we are today we will be lucky if there is anyone left in 100 years.



With the population predicted at 9 billion by 2050..... someone's got to do something about it!

guv;7175831

With the population predicted at 9 billion by 2050..... someone's got to … With the population predicted at 9 billion by 2050..... someone's got to do something about it!



haha.

And Jedward were still on the X Factor

omg, I never realised we used dollars in 1909!! ;-)

torresbounce;7175869

haha.



you'll never get away with that!

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ClarityofMind;7176318

omg, I never realised we used dollars in 1909!! ;-)



Shall I get your coat COM?

guv;7176792

Shall I get your coat COM?



Please baby that was really appalling wasn't it :cry::-(:o

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ClarityofMind;7176802

Please baby that was really appalling wasn't it :cry::-(:o



Not so much appalling.... just over used!

(see post

guv;7176831

Not so much appalling.... just over used! :p(see post



In my own defence I posted before reading.... :-D

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ClarityofMind;7176840

In my own defence I posted before reading.... :-D



That is no defence. (Seriously your honour)

guv;7176846

That is no defence. (Seriously your honour)



ahh well guess I'm guilty then...

Now all I need is a punishment :w00t:
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