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    What was it like in 1919?

    The Year is 1919" One hundred years ago !!!

    Very interesting for all ages.

    This will boggle your mind!

    The year is 1919 "One hundred years ago."

    What a difference a century makes!

    Here are some statistics for the Year 1919:


    • 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 1919 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 earned $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 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 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.
    • I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!


    It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


    We've come a long way....OR have we?
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    I am so fortunate to have met you in person......Weren't you like 10 years old in 1919? Sorry I couldn't help myself.
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    Times and things have really changed, can't say for the better as societyhas gotten much worse.
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    When I saw the title, I know that only would have first hand experience.

    And a memory like a steel trap.
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    My Grandmother on My Mothers side was 18 even though She claimed to have been born in 1904/05, not a big difference Grandma.
    I wish I had spent more time with Her and maybe cruised the Antique stores with Her to get a better understanding of what life was like back then.
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    Not sure I totally agree. That says wages were .22 an hour ($8.80 per month). In the mid 1800s, wages were about $30 a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt View Post
    Not sure I totally agree. That says wages were .22 an hour ($8.80 per month). In the mid 1800s, wages were about $30 a month.
    .22 X 40 = 8.80 per week

    8.80 X 4 = 35.20 per month

    Unless I'm missing something.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucksNCoffee View Post
    .22 X 40 = 8.80 per week

    8.80 X 4 = 35.20 per month

    Unless I'm missing something.....

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    And we didn't jave five day (40 hr.) work weeks until later
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake3501 View Post
    And we didn't jave five day (40 hr.) work weeks until later
    6 day work weeks were the norm in 1919, with 10 hour work days common. Sometimes your boss would tell you when you got your 10 hours of work done even if you worked more.

    In 1919 the world wide Spanish Flu pandemic was still going on which killed about 680,000 Americans. Homes and entire towns were placed under quarantine to prevent the flu's spread. Antibiotics had not been developed so infections and gangrene were killers.
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