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THE YEAR IS 1917

This will boggle your mind!

The year is 1917 "One hundred years ago."

What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1917:

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 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 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.
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Whew! I thought it was a birthday announcement when I read the title.
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My father was born in 1906 and lived to be 97. He sure saw a lot in 97 years. I was born in 1942 and I have seen a lot of change in my life.
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My father was born in 1906 and lived to be 97. He sure saw a lot in 97 years. I was born in 1942 and I have seen a lot of change in my life.
People adapt to change differently. My Mom was born in 1924 (93 years old) and uses internet shopping, email, facebook, GPS mapping, and a smart phone with ease. Her son-in-law was born in 1944, can barely use a flip phone, and gets AAA to print him paper maps for trips. Forget about checking online to see if a store has what he needs before driving 15 miles to look, or heaven forbid, buying online. We can embrace progress and benefit, or fight it and be left behind.
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Interesting; no mention of The Great War...might have had something to do with "The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.".
Not to mention ...
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

I'd have thought that death 'from metal piercing body' would have been right up there?
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My father was born in 1911. Died a few months short of his 100th birthday. He and mom had 10 of us kids. All still living but one. She died at 1 1/2 . A blue baby, as they were called then. he saw the early advancement of cars, the beginning of radio and then T.V. Built Mosquito Bombers during WW2. He had very little formal education but had a mind like a steel trap right to the end. Could do almost any task given him.
As a family we did all house things ourselves. For a long time we had no pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of, so to speak. Reno'd houses from sewers to shingles. I picked up a lot of that mindset from him. My daughter has taken it from me but she also has the education to accompany the hand skills. She gave up architecture after 12 years and now has her own small reno business. She wanted more "hands on". Time marches on.
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It is interesting that many patent medicines of that day were laced with narcotics. Ever wonder where Coca Cola got its name? Cocaine! Later, this had to be dropped due to government regulation.
Crime rate? The idea of capital punishment was alive and well- much to the chagrin of criminals. I have a book about John Dillinger One of his gang members was sentenced and executed within 90 days. Now a criminal is executed 20+ years after the trial and sentencing.
Harry, thanks. Will forward to some other oldtimers for reminiscing.

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My Mum and Dad were both born in 1917..

To understand the advances they saw in their lifetime was awe inspiring....

So much of what we take for granted these days, did not exist then....

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Interesting; no mention of The Great War...might have had something to do with "The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.".
Not to mention ...
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

I'd have thought that death 'from metal piercing body' would have been right up there?
Influenza killed more US soldiers during WW1 than the enemy. Over 600,000 people died of influenza in the 1918 pandemic.

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So Harry, what was your salary then around $1500?

Love you Harry!

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