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USA im Jahr 1909

31.12.2009 - von Büro gegen Altersdiskriminierung

Here are some statistics for the year 1909 in America:
Leben
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 had not been invented yet. Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help! There was no Mothers Day or Fathers Day. Two out of every 10 adults could not 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.

95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30.

Autoverkehr
There were 8.000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads. Fuel for the Ford Model "R" was sold in drug stores only. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Internationales
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The American flag had 45 stars.

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years: 2109.

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