Wow! The amazing ways the world has changed in 100 years 77



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A lot has changed since our grandparents’ day – for better and for worse.

When it comes to humanity, it’s all too easy to fixate on the negative: the suffering we have inflicted; the damage we have caused. But humanity has also achieved so many wonderful things.

This fascinating list, recently published by Del Tura community magazine The Tower, is being shared far and wide right now on Facebook – and for good reason. It’s a beautiful little reminder of the enormous changes that have transformed the world into a whole new place.

Just imagine where we’ll be another 100 years from now!

The year is 1915 – Just 101 years ago

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  • Fuel for cars was only sold in drug stores.
  • 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 $2000.00 per year.
  • A dentist could make $2500.00 per year.
  • A veterinarian could make between $1500 and $4000 per year.
  • A mechanical engineer could make about $5000 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-call medical schools, many of which are condemned in the press and the government as “substandard”.
  • Sugar costs four cents a pound.
  • Egg were fourteen cents for a dozen.
  • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month. They 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: Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart Disease and 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 could not read or write.
  • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at local 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!”
  • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
  • And last, there were about 230 reported murders in the entire United States.

Which of these changes are you most grateful for? Which surprises you the most?

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  1. Quoting USA conditions doesn’t make very much sense outside the USA. Quoting pay rates gives no idea of what that income would buy.

  2. Medical advances are what I most appreciate but what surprised me the most on that list was the Canadian law that poor people could not enter the country for any reason. Does it still apply and what qualifies a person as being poor

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    • That sounds very harsh. Do they still have laws in Australia about vagrancy I wonder? I grew up believing that you could get put in goal by the police if you were penniless.

    • I used to go to a church in Victoria where there were slums opposite and the police used to raid them on a Sunday morning at times. I asked a Canadian friend if the law still applies he said they are taking refugees so he doesn’t think so. I don’t know about the vagrancy laws here anymore

  3. Improvement in communications. Communication allows us to pass on information. This information improves all societies.

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  4. but has it changed for the better????? Mecial advancement yes, but the rest… I am not so sure… Values haven’t improved that’s for sure.. Greed is worse, and the list goes on.

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    • even 50 years ago when i was 20 working men lined up fpr the bus outside their rented housing commision homes with sandwiches in a paper bag .. seemed happy enough …now the working man is buying the house has super has 2 cars eats out for lunch ..has all the mod cons and hates the govt and says the worker has been oppressed for 50 years……….. mmmmmmmmmmm

  5. Amongst all the poverty n lack of education I’m sure respect for elders was paramount….or you got a biffo for ure rudeness…..seniors today are targets for scams robberies n just thrills…..oh dear!

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    • You had the Snake Oil salesmen back then selling cure alls that cured nothing and were more dangerous than beneficial. The scams have always been with us. Back then too your elders were rarely older than 60, any one beyond 70 really old and beyond 80 a miracle of longevity and there were fewer of us compared to the young.

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