1915—Either Your Parents or Grandparents were Living During This Time!

1915—Either Your Parents or Grandparents were Living During This Time!


Buggy 1915The 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 eight 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 was 25 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/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!”   

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.



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