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A Retrospective View Of Life: 100 Years Ago

     Happy New Year Everybody! 2011 will be a great year, we wish everyone the absolute best and we really do hope that you will be able to keep all of those New Year’s resolutions you’ve been making. But, before you get carried away with all that stuff, let’s spend a few minutes, go back and take a look at “What life in the U.S. was like 100 years ago”:

  • The U.S. population reached 92 million. 13.5 million of our citizens were foreign born.
  • Midwives still delivered half of all babies.
  • The average U.S. worker earned less than $15 per week for working 54 to 60 hours.
  • Banks started making personal loans (No one knew what a credit card was back then.).
  • Henry Ford sold 10,000 cars in 1910.
  • Steel began replacing wood in U.S. car bodies.
  • There were about 1,000 miles of paved roads.
  • Barney Oldfield drove his car and set a speed record of 131.724 miles per hour.
  • The first air flight for delivering freight was made in 1910.
  • 70% of bread was baked at home. (Sliced bread had not yet been invented.)
  • Aunt Jemima pancake flour was sold throughout the U.S. and became a year-round staple.
  • An American dentist, Edward Angle, invented the modern orthodontic braces (Most simply call them “braces”).
  • Georges Claude set up a display of two 38 foot long neon signs at the Paris Expo and was credited with their invention.
  • Americans were singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Down by the Old Mill Stream”.
  • In Los Angeles, California, Alice Stebbins Wells becomes the first police woman with the powers of arrest.
  • The Girl Guides, Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts and National 4-H Clubs were founded in 1910.
  • Duncan Black, a tool-and-die cutter from Baltimore, sold his car for $600, borrowed $1,200 from a bank and went into a partnership with his fellow worker, Alonzo Decker. Today, we know their company as “Black and Decker”.

     Now, if you’ll stop and think about it, we’re only talking about 100 years ago. Did you know that simple things like ball point pens, bras and band aids hadn’t been invented yet? And, you’re telling me that you still can’t live without your cell phones and computers?

     Of course, we can only imagine what people will be saying about us 100 years from now. Oh my! What will life be like in 2111? Dream on and have a Happy New Year!!