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The Model R Ford, which was only produced from April to October 1910. 2,500 were sold.

My brother-in-law Bob Briehl sent me this information about the USA a hundred and one years ago. I hope someone somewhere can use it as a reading text.

1910 in the USA

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! OK, in the USA AND France :P

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 $2,000 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 doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as ‘substandard.’

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhoea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles and canned beer hadn’t been invented yet.

Two out of every ten 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 the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, ‘Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and 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 USA.

and finally…

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.

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