THE YEAR IS 1916
What a difference a century makes. Here are some statistics from the Year 1916:
The average life expectancy for men was 49.6 years and for women 54.3 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.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
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.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
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 made $2,500 per year. They charged $1.00 per filling.
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. Born in 1916 were:
|Beverly Cleary, author||Kirk Douglas, actor|
|Gregory Peck, actor||Betty Grable, actress|
|Dinah Shore, singer||Walter Cronkite, newsman|
|Olivia deHavilland, actress||Jackie Gleason, actor|
|Ferruccio Lamborghini, entrepreneur||Sherwood Schwartz, tv producer|
Ninety percent of all Doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as “substandard.”
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!”
The Five leading causes of death were:
Pneumonia and influenza
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were twenty cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Bread was four cents a loaf
Tuna was fourteen cents per can
You could buy a new sedan for $740
The cost of an Ounce of Gold was $20.72
The cost of a Movie Ticket was seven cents
Not yet invented in 1916 were:
|Electric Iron||Washing Machine||Radio||Vacuum Cleaner||Model T Automobile|
|Self-winding watch||Electric Blanket||The Assembly Line||Refrigerator||Electric Dishwasher|
|Band-Aid||Drive-in restaurant||Sunglasses||Audiometer||Traffic Signal|
|Automatic Wrist Watch||Bulldozer||Instant Camera||Loudspeakers||Television|
|Bread Slicer||Jukebox||Garbage Disposal||Electric razor||Frozen food|
|Pop Up Toaster||Canned beer||Iced Tea||Band-Aids||Good Humor Ice Cream Bar|
In the News for 1916
- Congress authorizes a plan to expand the S. armed forcesover the next five years (June).
- Montana voters elect 36-year-old Republican Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.
- S. National Park Servicein the Department of the Interior is created by act of Congress (Aug. 20).
- Margaret Sangeropens the first birth control clinic in the country at 46 Amboy St., Brooklyn.
- Charlie Chaplin signs on with Mutual Studios and earns an unprecedented $10,000 a week.
- George Jung produces the first fortune cookies, in Los Angeles.
- Coca-Cola launches its curvaceous bottle, modeled on the cola nut.
- William Boeing found his aircraft construction company.
- John D Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire.
- Albert Einsteincompletes his mathematical formulation of a general theory of relativity, which includes gravity.
Federal spending: $0.71 billion
Consumer Price Index: 9
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
Care to imagine what it will be like in another 100 years?