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In 1910 Compared to 2010

Statistics from 1910

Statistics from 1910 show just how a mear 100 years can change our lives:

  • Fuel for cars was sold strictly in drug stores
  • There were 8,000 cars driving on 144 miles of paved roads
  • The average life span of a man was 47 years
  • 14% of homes had a bathtub, the other 86% had none
  • 8% of homes had a phone
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
  • $200 and $400 was the average annual income for a US worker
  • A pretty good accountant could pull in $2,000 annually
  • A dentist could earn $2,500 annually
  • A Veterinarian could make from $1,500 to $4,000 annually
  • A mechanical engineer would bring in around $5,000 a year
  • Most cities had speed limits of 10 miles per hour
  • More than 95% of all births were home births.
  • Only 10% of all doctors had College educations
  • For four cents you could buy a pound of sugar
  • Fifteen cents would get you a pound of coffee
  • Fourteen cents would purchase a dozen eggs
  • Borax or egg yolks were used to wash women's hair
  • Women would wash there hair only once a month
  • Canada published a law preventing poor people from entering their country for any reason.

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  1. Pneumonia and flu
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Heart disease
  5. Stroke

1910 Trivia

A few other 1910 tid-bits:

  • The American Flag had only 45 stars
  • Las Vegas, Nevada had a population of 30
  • Canned beer, iced tea and crossword puzzles weren't invented just yet
  • No Mother's Day or Father's Day were on the calendar yet
  • 6% of Americans graduated from high school
  • Two out of ten adults were illiterate
  • Morphine, heroin and marijuana were available over your local drug store counter
  • According to pharmacists 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the bowels and is a perfect guardian of health'
  • Almost 20% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic helper
  • 230 murders were reported across the entire United States

One might take pause at the concept of where we will be in another 100 years

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Be sure to 'VOTE UP' IN 1910 | WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CENTURY MAKES - a quick trivia read after you make your Comments!

Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on November 05, 2011:

This is a very interesting hub. I think that life 100 years ago was much more simple. But, people had to work much harder and they did not have all the modern conveniences we take for granted. I cannot imagine life without my shower every morning or a glass of iced tea in the afternoon.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on March 08, 2011:

toknowinfo~ Thanks for the comment. Trivia of this sort has long intrigued me, so I am pleased that you found it interesting as well. I really appreciate the support!


toknowinfo on March 07, 2011:

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Wow, interesting hub. Thanks for putting all the information together. It really gives us perspective on things.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 22, 2010:

Greta trivia. I can't believe that so few doctors had a college education! An no cross word puzzles? This hub was fascinating.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 13, 2010:

Hugh Williamson~ Thank you for your commments! I appreciate you reading my little 1920 compared to 2010 hub.


Hugh Williamson from Northeast USA on November 13, 2010:

Very interesting and clever Hub. Thanks for writing it.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 11, 2010:

Rebecca E.~I am not sure what the miles are in road surface we currently have in the US, but I know it's far too much!Thank you for the comments!


Rebecca E. from Canada on November 11, 2010:

wow, this is great keep up the great work, I love it, and 147 miles of paved road! can't imagine that anymore. what do we have now?

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 11, 2010:

Candy~ If only we could locate a time machine and shop in the time we choose...know anyone with a Delorian? (sp?)

Candy Campbell on July 10, 2010:

I was definitely born in the wrong century! I could use a pound of coffee and a dozen eggs for less the a quarter! I might be able to afford healthcare!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 09, 2010:

Nellieanna~ What a thought provoking statement. You rock! Thank you for the comments, always to see you!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on July 09, 2010:

I don't suppose anyone ever did any study to link the use of morphine, heroin and marijuana to the incidence of Pneumonia and flu - Tuberculosis - Diarrhea - Heart disease - Stroke (either positive or negative linkage)?

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 09, 2010:

This is so true! Or even a dozen eggs! I found the modernization over the past 100 years to be shocking. What a difference a few years can make. Thank you for the comments!

kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on July 09, 2010:

I wish we can still buy a pound of coffee with 15 cents. You can't even buy candy with 15 cents now.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 08, 2010:

Thanks for the comment Randy~ I agree, a little bit of then with a little bit of now may well be the perfect combination.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 08, 2010:

Too bad we cannot have some of both 1910 and 2010 aspects! I'm sure we would each have our own particular choices! Interesting hub!

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