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It may have been the best of times or the worst of times but the mid-teens in the U.S. and abroad were something else. A mixture of hope and drama, war and a questionable future. Herbert Hoover was yet to become the 31st President of the United States but was already noted to be the highest paid man in the world for his age (28 in 1915) raking in $33,000 a year as a mining expert. No wonder that dam worked so well. The Wright Brothers were in the plane business, soldiers were in the trenches and cars were being mass produced.


This will boggle your mind ! 
The year is 1909.  

What a difference a century makes!  
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :


* The average life expectancy was  47 years of age and only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

* Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone and there were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

* The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph and the tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower (equal to an 81 story building)!

* The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour and 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 and approx. 90% 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 American flag had 45 stars and the population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!!!!

* Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

* Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

* Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

* There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

*There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !


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