Thought Provoking….Just a few years ago


1910 Ford

1910 Ford

Make sure you read all the statistics under the photo.

This has only been 103 years ago…Amazing!!!

Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!

The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:


The average life expectancy for men 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 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 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.

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.!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. (I don’t want to.)

Here are a few I will mention to you from when I would talk with my grandpa, he was born in 1906.

Not only do he see the automobile come into being, but space travel. He saw the first man go to the moon and to imagine a space ship able to do this. Airplanes! Watching them go from a one passenger/solo flight to huge multi-passanger airlines to massive aircraft carries. Ships. there were ships, but now fleets and the massive size, cities on water. Ships for recreation and for the armed forces.

Two world wars that took place during this time. Numberous ones we helped fight and our men came home scared severely. They were not only scared physically, but permanently mentally scared- they were asked to do such acts no man should have been asked to do- and most of all by our country- Our country didn’t agree, they shouldn’t have been fighting, our men were a disgrace in many people’s eyes.

The Great Depression, there has never been a time this country has seen that was so lean. No work. People starved…whole families. No food, no meat, very little water in some places, nothing to barter with to those who did have.

The dividing of the nation if a black man, woman or child could go or do this or that. Americans shamed themselves. ‘A man is a man, no matter his color or race. Who is to say one man is better than another?’ he would say.

From glass to plastic.

Farm fresh to freezer to table meals.

Wood burning cook stoves to gas and electric…then a microwave and a decorator.

From regular kitchen gadgets…bowl and spoon to electic mixer and more. The cast iron skillet to crockpots and more.

Wood framing, block or adobe buildings to steel high rises.

Talk about the machinery that was been developed in his time.

Medicines and medical abilities…vaccines, ‘remedies’ and cures of many sorts.

I loved sitting with my grandpa and listen to him. He loved history. He would sit and tell me how much change had taken place in his lifetime than in the past 200 years or more before his time. He would tell me there were many things that had not changed since the birth of Christ until the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. That is when things exploded. He would also say ‘it is like the tower of Babel, we are getting to smart and greedy for our good.’ I know he can see what is going on today from heaven, but I wonder what he would think about what is going on today. :/ (hummm….I wonder?) He would also say ‘things are just moving too fast, people don’t enjoy life. The family is getting lost in all its new gadgets.’ He was right.

One thing my grandpa would always laugh about was the ‘paper diaper.’ For many years there was the cloth diaper, of course. Then one day my mom showed up from the hospital with my youngest brother (about 43+ years ago) with a plastic cover paper lined diaper. It was folder in thirds much like many of us remember some cloth diapers were folded, then you had to use diaper pins also….These diapers leaked and my mom still had to put rubber pants over this plastic and paper diaper. Mom only used what was left from the hospital. These diapers changed quite a bit even in his time. I said thy were JUST folded in my brothers day. Well when my son came along they were more absorbent, had tapes, no need for diaper pins, and slightly…I said slightly gathered in the middle were there little legs met. I only used them when I traveled, they were to expensive, this was the early 1980’s. Cloth diapers were still my way to go. My grandpa still couldn’t get the hang of put one of these his great-grandson. My second son cam along a few years later, talk about improvement. Grandpa thought these were alright…BUT PLASTIC AND PAPER. He couldn’t get beyond the thought of paper diapers. He would laugh every time one was used. If he could only see what my grandson wears now. PAPER DIAPERS. 🙂

Lord bless you. I trust you have enjoyed these few tid-bits of information.

Love in Jesus,