Don't you miss the good old days? I sure don't.
I was talking to my father the other day
and he has this saying he uses over and over "in the good
old days" Now he is only 60, but many times he talks about
when his dad was young, so lets take a look at the good old
days 100 years ago.
The average life
expectancy was 47 years.
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
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 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
More than 95 percent of all births took place at
Ninety percent of all doctors had
NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical
schools, many of which Were condemned in the press AND
the government as "substandard."
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that
prohibited poor people from Entering into their country for
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
3. Diarrhea (you can die from that?)
4. Heart disease
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea Hadn't been
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect
guardian of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least One full-time
servant or domestic help.
I think maybe the days we live in now are
the best we have seen, or will seen as I type this to the
world on my computer in my comfortable air conditioned
office, sipping a can of iced tea, and I even took a bath
this morning. So next time you think you have it rough,
think about "The Good Old Days"