The average life expectancy in the
U.S. was 47.
40% of the population lived or
worked on farms.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the
U.S. had a bathtub.
Only eight percent of the homes had
A three-minute call from Denver to
New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the
U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most
cities was 10 mph.
Iowa, and Tennessee were each
more heavily populated than California, which, with a mere 1.4
million people, was ranked 21st.
The average wage in the U.S. was 22
cents per hour. The average worker made between $200 and $400 per
A competent accountant earned about
$2000 per year; a dentist $2,500, a veterinarian $1,500, and a
mechanical engineer perhaps $5,000.
More than 95 percent of all births
in the U.S.
took place at home (I was born at home even in 1933 –Ed.).
Ninety percent of all U.S. medical
doctors had no college education.
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.
The five leading causes of death in
the U.S. were: pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea,
heart disease and stroke.
The American flag had 46 stars.
Oklahoma was admitted late in the year, but New Mexico (1912),
Arizona (1912), Hawaii (1959), and Alaska (1959) were still
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and
ice tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or
Two out of every 10 U.S. adults
couldn't read or write.
In Los Angeles, if you spoke Spanish
in your home, you would be called a “cholo” by your “gringo”
Only six percent of all Americans
had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were
all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Bullock's opened in March in Los
Angeles, and Neiman-Marcus opened in September in Dallas.
U.S. automobile production reached
43,000, up from 25,000 in 1905.
Milwaukee toolmaker William A.
Davidson quit his foreman’s job to join his brothers Arthur and
Walter at the four-year-old Harley-Davidson Motor Co., and the firm
was incorporated in September.
Britain and Ireland had 23,100 miles
of operating railway, Canada had 22,400, the United States 237,000.
Alois Alzheimer (b. Germany, June
14, 1864, d. December 19, 1915) describes the pathology that in 1910
is given the name Alzheimer's disease.