1907 trivia

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nccountrygirl, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    THE YEAR 1907??

    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1907.
    One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some statistics for the Year 1907 :


    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 roads.

    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 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-called medical schools, many of which were
    condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

    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.

    Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into
    their country for any reason.

    Five leading causes of death were:
    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars.

    The population of Las Vegas , Nevada, was only 30!!!!

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

    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 school.

    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." ( Shocking? DUH! )

    Eighteen percent of households had at least 1 full-time servant or
    domestic help.

    There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

    Now, try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years!!!!!
  2. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    If you account for what a person made per hour and what a dozen of eggs cost............
    eggs have not gone up very much at all.........and would have been quite expensive back then.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Quote:Haha, if minimum wage back then was 22cents an hour, and eggs were 14 a dozen..

    Scale that to min wage here at 7.93 an hr, eggs would be 5.04 a dozen. [​IMG]

    Too bad engineers aren't as valued as they used to be...doctors cant even do their work without an engineer making their tools.
  4. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Eggs go for 4 dollars a dozen right now here in So Cal.
    5 or more dollars for organic or freerange.

    Good write up Countrygirl!

  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Well, they probably lived such a short life because they didn't bathe, had no one to call, and couldn't gamble in Vegas, drink beer or drive fast!! We needed to evolve from those statistics, haha!
  6. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    Wow! We've come a long way in some areas and have lost values in others. I have to admit, i like bathing on a daily basis though!
  7. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    My definition of civilization is hot running water. I'd like to see 1807 too. I wonder how many people kept chickens in 1907? Maybe that's why eggs are expensive.
  8. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason


    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    Very interesting stats!

    Considering the price of eggs back then, I wonder what the price of a live hen was?
    If anyone could have afforded a few good layers, they wouldn't have been "poor" very long!
    Imagine what they could have done selling a few chicks!

    My grandmother didn't come along until 1922, but she says that even as a very young child she can remember having chickens at home.
    But that was almost 20 years later than the above stats, and most families were pretty big (my grandmother was 1 of 9 kids) and had to be self sufficient and probably didn't have many extras for selling anyways.

    KingsCalls is correct, too.
    Even tho minimum wage is considerably higher now a days,
    the price of everything else is up as well so basically, we're still on the same standard of living.
    I would think the only difference now is things are more available and are easier to get if you have the money.
  10. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I could go every other day without washing my hair, but once a month? :eek:

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