Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's All About Coffee

The rules are: Post anything you want, so long as it mentions coffee in some way.  It can be a reminiscence, a recipe, a link, or it can include a coffee factoid, such as my entry below.  Feel free to grab the Coffee Club button.  If you'd like me to link your post, just let me know and I'll add it to the bottom of mine.  Or you can just comment on my post! I always love to hear from you. If you're drinking coffee, tell me what your mug looks like this morning! 

 I love coffee; it's so easy to include in an easy-going Saturday morning post.  At the very least, grab a mug and enjoy the following:


THE YEAR 1909


1909 Ford Model R


One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only

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 1909 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 iced 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 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...

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

Plus one more sad thought; 95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909

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

IT STAGGERS THE MIND !

H/T: Forward from Theresa, through her friend, Murena!  Thanks, girls; this was so interesting!

* Btw: I'm drinking a bold coffee, Starbucks Espresso Roast, out of a blue ceramic cup, with black around the lip of the cup, an orange interior, black line squiggly decorations and the word Colorado on the side. 

3 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Must wait until next Saturday to begin, but his sounds like fun! Cathy

Diana said...

Wow those stats were amazing Lisa! I just read them to my husband. I may do the coffee thing, I'll let you know. Love Di

Blessings each day said...

Those interesting facts you found really boggle the mind!

I'm not a coffee drinker but I can do hot chocolate or tea...does that count?

Michael drinks enough coffee for me and you and maybe the whole United States!

blessings and hugs,

marcy