USA - 31.12.2009 - von Büro gegen Altersdiskriminierung
THE YEAR 1909 in Northamerica. Here are some statistics for the Year:
The average life expectancy was 47 years. More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME. 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`. Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease. 5. Stroke.
14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. 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.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help! There was no Mother's Day or 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. There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. 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'.
Löhne und Gehälter
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour. The average 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.
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